Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Saturday Series - 14 - “Like No Other”

(Friends:  Most Saturdays for the duration of this year, I plan on sharing a message that relates to the character and nature of God, and our response thereunto.  I hope you will find it helpful, and as always, thanks for allowing us to send the devotionals to you.  Glen).

The Saturday Series - 14

"Like No Other"     
    We must always recall that God exists as a being like no other.

    "I am God, and there is none like unto Me" (Psalm 46:9).

   Although the human race was created in God's image, and we possess characteristics that reflect Him, the truth remains that the Lord forever abides in a singular glory and holiness reserved only to Himself.  We must remember this as we seek to relate to Him.  Through the Lord Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father is more than approachable.  "Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).  As A.W. Tozer once wrote, "God is easy to live with."   He is, and we must keep the truth of our Lord's lovingkindness and tendermercies at the forefront of our doctrinal understanding and conviction.  The truth remains, however, that God exists in an otherness that will forever amaze, surprise, and even bewilder us.  "Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods?   Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" (Exodus 15:11).

   God's transcendence means that we must consistently expose our hearts and minds to His Word.  We do not naturally think rightly about Him.  The Holy Spirit must illuminate us by the Truth of Scripture if we are to walk in the light of our Lord's true countenance.  Indeed, if we think we know what God is thinking at any moment, we can be sure that our perception may be far from accurate.  Only by the light of His Word can we have confidence that we are knowing our Lord as He actually is.  "Teach me Thy way, O LORD; I will walk in Thy truth" (Psalm 86:11).  God's way can only be known as we walk in God's truth, and thus, in the light of the Bible's most important revelation, namely, the nature, character, and way of our Lord.

   The Apostle John once laid his head on the chest of the Lord Jesus (John 13:25).  However, he also fell as dead at the feet of the risen Christ (Revelation 1:17).  We can know God in a growing awareness, understanding, and loving fellowship.  But we must never lose sight of the fact that He is a being like no other.  We must seek to know Him as He truly is, an illumination that only the Spirit of God and the Word of God can provide.  Our Lord will never cease to amaze us by unveiling new aspects of His glorious and singular wonder.  Our role involves the awareness of His otherness, and the consistent determination to gaze upon Him by walking with our Lord in confidence of His presence, and by the light of His Word…

"In Thy light shall we see light."
(Psalm 36:9)

Weekly Memory Verse 
   For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
(John 1:17)

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