The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Before They Call"
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ live from God's provision rather than for it.
"His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness" (II Peter 1:3).
The Apostle Peter declares that we already possess everything necessary for the living of our lives in faith and faithfulness. Of course, it often does not appear or feel as if such Truth is true. Human experience frequently seems more like lack than plenty. Moreover, God administers His provision according to His loving wisdom rather than our perception of need or feeling of desire. Sometimes our expectations align with His, and Divine supply manifests accordingly. However, sometimes the Lord provides in ways and means we may not immediately recognize. Israel, in response to God's many promises, longed for the Messiah and prayed accordingly. When He arrived, however, they failed to recognize the answer to their prayers because He appeared in the unexpected garb of humility. "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not" (John 1:11).
Before we even existed, God deemed His Son as "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 1:8). Thus, before there were sinners, the supply of salvation was already prepared and provided. Of course, the Lord Jesus had to live, die, and rise again in space-time history for God's purposes to be fulfilled. Nevertheless, in our Heavenly Father's mind and purposes, His Son's saving grace preceded our very existence. The principle applies to everything in our lives. We may not see God's provision as needs appear. Moreover, His provision may not be recognizable according to our understanding, desire, and expectation. As a matter of doctrine and faith, however, we must believe that "my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). The Savior preceded sinners. Supply precedes need. Faith sees eternal "riches in glory" that transcend time and appearance. This is truth. This is reality. And this is the promise, the promise of "all things that pertain to life and godliness" already given to God's trusting children in Christ.
"Before they call, I will answer."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."