Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"Wonders Without Number"

"Wonders Without Number"

    Atomic and subatomic realities form the substance of every physical object in the universe.  All that can be seen, heard, touched, smelled, and tasted exists by particles and forces far beyond the awareness of our senses.  This reality vividly reflects the spiritual nature of God's creation.

    "We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (II Corinthians 4:18).
    "We walk by faith, not by sight" declared the Apostle Paul (II Corinthians 5:7).  While he meant this to express the spiritual nature of life in the Lord Jesus Christ, the same holds true in physical terms.  Billions of atoms form the next breath we breathe.  Again, we cannot see these infinitesimal realities.  We inhale and exhale nevertheless and thereby physically survive.  Thus, we live by faith regarding the most basic form and function of our existence.  Little wonder that Paul also wrote, "The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead" (Romans 1:20).

    Our lives also spiritually teem with the pervasive presence and working of the God in whom we "live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).  Most of His working, however, occurs in infinitesimal ways and means far beyond our capacities to comprehend.  If we could see all, we would be overwhelmed to the point of insanity by the transcendent glory of the God who "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:11).  As we frequently suggest, we can know some.  We can know more.  But we can never know all, nor even approach full awareness of the infinite working of the One whose "ways are past finding out" (Romans 11:33).

    Glance at any object presently in your field of vision, be it small or large.  Billions, trillions of objects and forces form the substance of the thing upon which you gaze.  In similar and even greater manner, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus works by the Holy Spirit in every situation, circumstance, and condition to fulfill His eternal purposes.  Every.  Or, again, "all things after the counsel of His own will."  This is truth.  This is reality.  This is life, the life of God present and involved in all things.  We see so very little.  However, it is enough to know that the Truth is true, and that while we may not know what our Lord is doing, we can always know that He is doing…

"He doeth great things past finding out, yea, and wonders without number."
(Job 9:10)

Weekly Memory Verse
     I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
(Psalm 116:9)


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