Friday, August 3, 2018

"All About Him"

   "All About Him"

     God directs all things according to "the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11).  This explains, in general terms, many things in our lives that seem completely inexplicable.  "In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9).

    As creatures of space and time, our native perspective involves viewing life and reality in terms of appearance and frequently faulty human reasoning.  We cannot or will not see that our Heavenly Father operates in a completely different context that transcends our fleshly comprehension.  "Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself" (Psalm 50:21).  We must remember and affirm this truth when pondering Scripture, or seeking to walk with our Lord amid His ways that sometimes flow completely against the current of our expectation.  We are on a "need to know" basis with God, as it were.  Sometimes He acts in a way that aligns with our perspective, based on our best understanding of Scripture.  However, sometimes His purposes bewilder us because in the eternal context, He is always doing far more than we realize.

    "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29).

    What will most honor and reveal the Lord Jesus?  What fits into the purpose whereby God works to "gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him?" (Ephesians 1:10).  How will His trusting children be more and more conformed to the spiritual and moral image of our Savior? (Romans 8:28-29).  These Christ-centered questions form the eternal purpose of the Father who so loves His Son, and who so loves us as to exalt the Lord Jesus in our hearts and minds.  "The secret things" are about Him.  "Those things which are revealed" are about Him.  It's all about Him.  This is the current of eternity, the flow of our Father as He works through the Holy Spirit to glorify and reveal His beloved Son, and our beloved Savior.  Such truth does not explain in specific terms every aspect of God's working in the world or in our lives.  It does, however, provide a framework of understanding and perception that greatly helps us in those times when His way seems bewildering.  As the saying goes, when we cannot understand God's hand, we trust His heart.  That Heart is eternally devoted to the Lord Jesus, and it works incessantly to exalt Him.  This is truth.  This is reality.  And even when we cannot understand, this is peace.

"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
(Matthew 3:17)
"His dear Son,  in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins, who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.  For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him. And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence."
(Colossians 1:13-18)

Weekly Memory Verse
     If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
(Galatians 5:25)

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