Friday, February 22, 2019

"This Thing"

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

"This Thing"

   "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
   The beginning of our response to Solomon's command involves the determination to place our confidence in God regarding everything in our lives.  We build an altar in our hearts, as it were, whereupon we determine to sacrifice our fleshly propensity to ignore and omit our Lord's presence and working in all things.  Subsequently, we visit that altar to make specific affirmations of faith whereby we walk step by step in the light and power of God's Truth.  

  "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3).

   Any time.  Every time.  Whatever time we are tempted to fear or trepidation, opportunity for pointed acknowledgement of the Lord lies before us.  When the general becomes specific, we walk by faith in a manner pleasing to God, and peace-enabling to ourselves.  We also become able to encourage and challenge others to trust the Lord, whether by our demeanor or our verbal testimony of confidence in Him.  Our "what time" of temptation to fear becomes this time of seeing the Lord Jesus walk on troubled waters as their Lord, and as ours.  "Even the winds and the sea obey Him!" (Matthew 8:27).

  We can trust the Lord with all our heart because He is all faithful.  He "cannot lie."  His "Word is truth."  His "faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds" (Titus 1:2; John 17:17; Psalm 36:5).  Thus, the matter at hand always presents to us God at the helm.  No matter can arrive at our doorstep that has not made its journey through the determinate or permissive will of God.  This is truth.  This is reality.  This is the time, the "what time" to open our eyes to the presence and working of God in all things, and in this thing.

"This thing is from Me."
(I Kings 12:24)
"God… worketh all things after the counsel of His own will."
(Ephesians 1:3; 11)

Weekly Memory Verse
   In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him."
(I John 4:9)

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