Thursday, April 4, 2019

“Pondering the Obvious"

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

"Pondering the Obvious"

   No thing has always existed.  Every thing had a beginning.  Only God has always been, that is, "from everlasting" (Psalm 93:2).  Thus, we must view our Lord in terms of essence and the heart of all reality.  "I AM" He declared to Moses of the Name that describes God's singular existence as the source and sustenance of all creation (Exodus 3:14).  "All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3).

   This is known truth to all believers, of course.  It remains, however, that we sometimes need to contemplate the obvious in order to maintain our bearings, and remain true to the course of our life in Christ.  We presently "walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7).  The known and the obvious can sometimes escape our attention to the degree we find ourselves thinking and responding as if something other than God forms the essence of reality.  For example, the challenges and difficulties of life are real.  We must deal with them.  Will we do so as if they are greater than the Source and the Sustenance of all things?  Or do pains, losses, and problems bow to the One who alone has always been, and presently is the greatest Reality of all things?   Again, regularly remembering and pondering the Obvious can prepare and enable us to affirm the Truth in an effectual manner when life ushers conflicting appearance to our doorstep.  "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24).

   What do we believe?  Who do we believe?  Believers affirm the Scriptures and the One who inspired them.  "I am the Truth… Thy Word is truth" (John 14:6; 17:17).  Like the supplicant of old, however, we must sometimes honestly acknowledge our need for a strengthened confidence: "Lord, I believe.  Help Thou mine unbelief!" (Mark 9:24).  Regularly recalling to heart and mind "those things which are most surely believed among us" provides the illumination that strengthens both our faith and our capacity to overcome unbelief (Luke 1:1).  We must often check in with Reality and Essence, namely, the God who existed before all things, and who declares Himself to be the primary Truth of our present existence.

"Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth."

 (II Peter 1:12)

Weekly Memory Verse
   The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him."
(Lamentations 3:24-25)



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