Friday, February 8, 2019

“The Glory of Perfection"

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

"The Glory of Perfection"

     Not just good.  Not just very good.  Not just very, very good.  Our Heavenly Father's standard of performance rather attains to an incomprehensible measure:

   "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31).

  God's determinations and allowances fit precisely together to ensure the complete fulfillment of His "eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11).  Indeed, our Lord's way is so perfect that even the imperfections originating in devils and human beings do not thwart His purpose to glorify and reveal His Son.  Rather than a chess player moving pawns about on a board of inevitability, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus can grant freedom to conscious beings, see them misuse it - to the degree of murdering His Son -  but nevertheless fulfill His eternal and historical purposes to the utmost degree of pristine perfection.  "He is the Rock, His work is perfect" (Deuteronomy 32:4).

   In our human experience, we have no frame of reference for such perfection.  We may use God's good gifts to attain to "very, very good."  Never in this life, however, will we reach His standard.  The best and brightest among us recede into nothingness when compared with our Lord's flawlessly unrivaled doings.  Thus, we worship God alone because no one else can offer to us a perfect way.  Moreover, we heed Solomon's mandate to "trust the Lord with all thine heart" because only perfection can beckon us to such complete confidence and dependence (Proverbs 3:5).

   His way and His work are perfect because He is Himself perfect.  What does this mean?  We really cannot understand because our own existence and experience fall so short of the Divine standard.  We can believe, however, and we can devote ourselves to a growing awareness that God alone warrants our complete devotion and trust.  Eternity will not allow for a complete discovery of such immeasurable glory.  It does offer to us the ongoing journey and adventure of better knowing the glory of Perfection.  This day offers such blessed possibility as we embrace the conviction that leads to confidence, and the wonder that elicits grateful worship: "As for God, His way is perfect."

"The blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen."
 (I Timothy 6:15-16)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
(Galatians 6:1)

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