(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 - 33
"Purity of Perception"
Some are possessed of much knowledge, but have little understanding in order to coordinate and organize facts in their minds. Others possess good measures of both knowledge and understanding, but don't have the wisdom to apply their thoughts in an effective manner. There is One, however, possessed of immeasurable knowedge, understanding, and wisdom.
"God… knoweth all things" (I John 3:20).
"His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5).
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" (Romans 11:33).
God comprehends, correlates and conducts Himself in pristine perfection. He never acts in anything less than the best possible application of His mental and intellectual capability. His ways may often seem mysterious to us, but even more, we must consider them marvelous as we ponder the glorious One whose actions forever proceed from absolute purity of perception. "He hath done all things well" (Mark 7:37).
Our spiritual enemies often tempt us to wonder about God's ways in our lives, and the lives of others. The very first devilish deception involved such darkness. Satan tempted Eve to question God's character and working. "God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5). In other words, the devil suggested that the Lord omitted something in His creation of Adam and Eve that He should have included. Or, He acted in a manner less than perfect in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Every temptation of the human race thereafter always includes some form of this Satanic attack on God's judgment. If we do not know know and frequently refresh ourselves in the Bible's affirmation of our Lord's infinite mind, we can be easily felled to question His perfection. By definition, this is a fool's game, but acting foolishly is the human default position, based upon the glaring fact of our decidedly imperfect perceptions of God, Truth and reality. The devil and his minions instigate such absurdity, and we must be ever on our guard to reject even the slightest aspersion regarding God's knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.
We close with Solomon's familiar and beloved charge to remember and affirm our confidence in the One who knows, understands, and wisely acts in accordance with His infinite and perfect mind. We shall not be disappointed as we…
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."
Weekly Memory Verse
Weekly Memory Verse
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
(II Peter 3:13)