(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 - 25
The Creator Himself exists as the Uncreated. "From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" (Psalm 90:2).
Conversely, in the depths of our own sensibilities, we know there was a time when we were not. We had a beginning, an inception from nothingness into being. We rarely ponder this in conscious terms. However, the Truth is always there, bearing witness to our nature of dependency regarding the most fundamental aspect of our existence, namely, our existence. "It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves" (Psalm 100:3). The deception of devilish and human pride may incite much deluded bluster. The Spirit of God nevertheless bears witness in every moment that we could not begin, nor can we sustain ourselves. "In Him, we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
God's self-generated existence involves a completely different reality regarding the One "who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see" (I Timothy 6:16). What sensibility pervades the depths of God's own heart and mind? What does the Uncreated think about Himself as One who has always been, and will always be? I am reminded of the golfer Tom Weiskopf who was asked what Jack Nicklaus was thinking as he neared the finish of winning his 6th Masters tournament. "If I knew the way Jack thought, I would have won this tournament myself" wryly responded Weiskopf. We cannot really know how God thinks - "My thoughts are not your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8). We can know much of what He thinks, as revealed in Scripture. But how He thinks, as an eternal, infinite Lord who lives and moves and has being in Himself, this we cannot know.
A blessed Truth lies before us in this inscrutability of the Divine heart and mind. The truth we ponder bears witness to a redeeming light we can see, again, as communicated by the Spirit of God and the Word of God. Namely, God is God, and we are not. This He knows perfectly. This we must know more completely in order to rightly relate to the One upon whom we depend. Our Lord possesses - rightly - utter self confidence. God knows who He is, and what He can do. "I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself" (Isaiah 44:24). The more we know this Truth about His abilities and self-awareness, the more we recognize ourselves and our desperate need to "trust in the Lord with all thy heart" (Proverbs 3:5). We did not originate ourselves. He did. We do not sustain our own being. He does. Again, He knows these truths perfectly, and relates to us in their holy Light. We must know them better in order to walk in the illumination of truth and reality. The Uncreated beckons the created to know Him as He is, and has everlastingly been, and to know ourselves as we are, and will everlastingly be. This is peace, and there is no other.
"Thy throne is established from old; Thou art from everlasting."
Weekly Memory Verse
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
(I Thessalonians 5:18)