The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Words and Wonder"
Sometimes God's answers come in words, the Word of God as illuminated by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes they come in wonder, the mystery of God as He calls us into the Light that "shineth in darkness" (John 1:5).
"The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Humanity exists as a race of beings whose original ancestors bought into Satan's lie that "ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5). Subsequently, woven into our flesh is the deception that the possession of facts and information constitutes our hope for facing the realities of life. Certainly knowledge and understanding do provide much fuel for powering the engine of our existence. "With all thy getting, get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7). However, as living persons originally created in the image of God, life must first be viewed in the personal terms of relationship and fellowship with Him. While this involves much knowledge and understanding - "Love the Lord thy God with all thy… mind" - we must first acknowledge the Truth that while we can know some, and we can know more, we cannot know all (Mark 12:30). "Secret things" characterize our Heavenly Father's way in our lives, along with "those things which are revealed." This discomfits the flesh of even faithful believers, necessitating our remembrance that God is God, and we are… not. "Put them in fear, o Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men" (Psalm 9:20).
Sometimes, the Light of Christ shines most brightly when things seem most secret, and even enshrouded in darkness. "By His light, I walked through darkness" (Job 29:3). When God does not explain the ways of His hand, we must trust the faithful goodness of His heart. Such faith involves the most personal aspect of our walk with Him, the way of wonder. When we must know Him regarding matters beyond our understanding, the deepest depths of both God and ourselves relate in the fellowship of His provision and our reception. The way is hard, again, because our flesh longs to understand even when understanding won't help us. For born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, however, the way is blessed as we rejoice in the words of things that are revealed, and in the wonder of secret things that are not. Both ways are necessary in our lives, and both offer the grace of God's heart to the faith of our hearts.
"Call unto Me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."
"Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness. He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous."
Weekly Memory Verse
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do."