Tuesday, February 26, 2019

"Great and Mighty, Still and Small"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Great and Mighty, Still and Small"

  Our memory verse for this week is one of my favorite passages of Scripture.

   "Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).

   Note that this is a command.  Our Lord calls us to call unto Him, and then promises to respond with illuminations of truth and reality we do not presently possess -  "great and mighty things."  This will lead us to the Scriptures, of course, something to which Jeremiah and the people of his day did not have the open access that so blesses our generation.  We will also see our Lord in His personal working in our lives and the lives of others, as well as in creation and other means that flow with God's promise to "answer thee."

  We must recall that "great and mighty things" often come to us in the garb of the ordinary.  The Lord Jesus Christ entered the world as the greatest and the mightiest.  "God was manifest in the flesh" (I Timothy 3:16).  However, He appeared as small and insignificant.  "Is not this the carpenter's son?" asked those who saw nothing great and mighty in the One who seemed to bear little importance (Matthew 13:55).  We do well to prepare ourselves for the same revelation of the Infinite, as revealed in things that may appear as mere glimmers of Light.  Indeed, if we expect "great and mighty things" only in the wind, the earthquake, and the fire, we may miss the "still, small voice" that offers wonders beyond imagination (I Kings 19:11-12).

  Presently, we "walk by faith, not by sight" (I Corinthians 5:7).  Our Heavenly Father will often reveal Himself and His truth in ways far less overt than we might expect.  He will come to us in mangers, as it were, that bear the great and mighty Christ.  Thus, we will need to open our eyes of faith wide to see that which most will miss.  The Day will come for open displays of power and glory.  Perhaps this day may offer a few such revelations of great and mighty things.  Far more likely, however, our Lord will answer us with quiet and unobtrusive displays that provide opportunity to know the goodness of His heart even more than the power of His hand.  For those with eyes to see, such illumination offers still, small answers that bless us no less than - and even more - than wind, earthquake, and fire.

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty, and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence."
(I Corinthians 1:27-29)

Weekly Memory Verse

  "Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."
(Jeremiah 33:3)

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