Wednesday, March 21, 2018

“Wonders Remembered, Wonders To Come”

"Wonders Remembered, Wonders To Come"

      Much of the trusting expectation to which God calls us proceeds from thankful remembrance of His past working on our behalf, and the behalf of others.

     "My expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5).
     "I will remember the works of the Lord.  Surely I will remember Thy wonders of old Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee" (Psalm 77:11; Deuteronomy 32:7).

    Hope and faith are inextricably bound.  Both involve choices based upon Truth, first, upon the doctrinal and historical veracity of the Scriptures.  We open God's Word to discover His promises delivered to saints of old and to ourselves.  "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17).  We see how He worked in "wonders of old" and "days of old" in order to build confidence regarding His involved presence in this day of now, and all days to come.  We then recall our Lord's working in our own lives for further edification of expectation.  Indeed, if God was faithful yesterday, will He also be faithful today and tomorrow?  Of course, but we must have a basis upon which to fortify our anticipation.  The Word and work of the Lord provide such a solid foundation of faith for standing to walk in the confidence of hope.  

   The expectation of faith does not just happen.  God must work in us to originate and perpetuate such anticipation.  This He does, perfectly.  However, we must respond with chosen determination based upon Truth and experience.  Will He be today and tomorrow who He was yesterday?  We know the answer: "I am the Lord, I change not" (Malachi 3:6).  Thus, if we previously found Him on the pages of Scripture and the pathways of experience to have been completely trustworthy, we will find Him to be the same in wonders and days to come.  He cannot be other than who He is.  He cannot do other than what He does in accordance with His inviolable character and nature.  This is the Light that illuminates our pathway of walking in confident anticipation of God's involved presence and working on our behalf.  Days and wonders remembered prepare us for days and wonders to come as God faithfully works and we faithfully expect.

"I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice, and gave ear unto me."
(Psalm 77:1)
"I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me." 
(Micah 7:7)

Weekly Memory Verse
   For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
(Romans 8:2)

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