The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"No Matter What"
Life sometimes bewilders us. No less than the Apostle Paul knew the challenge of not understanding some things determined or allowed by God.
"We are perplexed, but not in despair" (II Corinthians 4:8).
Our Lord does not always explain His ways in our lives, nor His "whys?" Regardless of how much we pray, read the Bible, seek the counsel of other believers, or hope against hope for understanding, some things remain a mystery to even to the most devout among us. In such times, we can be sure that we wouldn't understand if the Lord offered an explanation. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself cried out on the cross of Calvary, "My God, My God, why?" (Matthew 27:46). Thus, we must allow for perplexity, bewilderment, and mystery to sometimes accompany our walk in the Light.
However, note Paul's full testimony above: "Perplexed, but not in despair" (emphasis added). In the darkest night, God's light shines if we will look to Him with even the tiniest mustard seed of faith. "The Light shineth in darkness" (John 1:5). The Apostle had hope even though he had no understanding. He chose to trust God's heart when he could not see His hand. Paul knew God well enough to believe that no matter what, the Lord abides true, faithful, and utterly trustworthy. Like Job of old, Paul looked to Heaven with a battered, but intact confidence: "Thou He slay me, yet will I trust in Him" (Job 13:15).
No one has ever trusted in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and been disappointed for doing so. No one ever will. He is perfectly trustworthy. He cannot lie. His Word is true. His faithfulness "reacheth unto the clouds" (Titus 1:2; John 17:17; Psalm 36:5). He can be trusted no matter what. We must believe His Word no matter what. We must affirm our faith no matter what. And we must choose to see the Light sometimes must shine in darkness, no matter what. This is "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints," and now delivered unto the path set before us wherein we honor our Lord as we join the Psalmist in affirming, no matter what…
"I will trust in Thee."
"He that believeth on Him shall not be confounded."
(I Peter 2:6)
Weekly Memory Verse
"Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake."