Wednesday, March 27, 2019

"A Confident God"

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

"A Confident God"

     God possesses complete confidence in who He is, and what He can do.   Rightly so.

    "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.  Is anything too hard for Me?" (Jeremiah 32:27).

    We must join the Lord in that confidence, remembering and affirming often that nothing is too hard for Him.  Little wonder that He identified Himself as "I AM" to Moses (Exodus 3:14).  God knows Himself, perfectly.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit possess complete knowledge of the Divine capability that governs their triune nature and transcendent willingness and power.  No uncertainty exists in our Lord.  Thus, God can be trusted without reserve, even as in our human experience we naturally follow those who give every indication they know where they are going (and will be able to get there).  As one man said to the Lord Jesus Christ who was so clearly knew Himself and His Divinely-enabled capacities: "I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest" (Luke 9:57).

   How confident is God regarding His ability?  One of the best indications involves His creation of angelic and human beings with freedom to either respond to Him in love, faith, and devotion, or reject Him in unbelief and rebellion.  Rather than make mindless machines that would obey Him without heart or volition, our Heavenly Father instead formed creatures that could and would disobey Him and thereby disrupt His creation.  Beginning with the angel Lucifer, and proceeding to Adam and his offspring, creatures used their freedom to make a complete and cataclysmic mess of things.  A lesser Creator would never have allowed such mutinous revolt, especially one with perfect foreknowledge of all things.  "His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5).  God, however, knowing Himself and His capability with complete self-confidence, allowed the universe to divide into trillions of disjointed pieces seemingly without hope of ever fitting together.  The result: ""Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him" (Ephesians 1:9-10).

   Without a trace of arrogance, God nevertheless affirms Himself and His ability throughout the pages of Scripture, and in a creation that teems with evidence of a Creator possessed of unfathomable being and power.  To the degree we join our Lord by acknowledging who He is and what He can do, our lives will be characterized by the confidence (in Him) that graces us with peace, power, and purpose.  "I am and I can do" He declares.  "You are and You can" we must respond.  This is the faith that leads to faithfulness, based upon the God who perfectly knows Himself and always acts in accordance with such assurance.

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am Thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." 
(Psalm 41:10)

Weekly Memory Verse
    So He fed them according to the integrity of His heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of His hands."
 (Psalm 78:72).



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