(Friends: While walking the other day, I dropped the cap of my water bottle after taking a sip. My immediate reaction involved the thought, "Wow, I sure don't feel like bending over to pick that up!" However, as I stooped to retrieve the cap, a thought occurred to me: "Is God involved in something like this?" He is, and this series of messages addresses the Bible's teaching regarding our Lord's loving involvement in our lives.)
"The Bottle Cap"
Conclusion - "Purpose… Peace"
As I shared with a dear Orange Moon friend the other day, I surely bit off more than I can chew by considering with you the working of God in all things. I take solace, however, in the fact that this subject also surpasses the understanding of those possessed of far more knowledge and wisdom than I possess. So, I feel comfortable in having tossed my tidbit into the pot!
"The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29).
I have developed an axiom in recent years, namely, "We can know some. We can know more. But we can never know all." I have recently amplified the thought, "Nor do we need to know all." It is enough, eternally enough, that our Heavenly Father's "understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5). We don't have to figure out all the whys and wherefores of His working as long as He knows exactly what He is doing. He does: "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31). Those who have committed their trust to God through the Lord Jesus Christ may therefore view the past, present, and future in terms of blessed peace, based on Divine purpose. Indeed, by the time things happened to us yesterday, our Father had woven them into His ultimate intentions in Christ. The same is true of today's circumstances, conditions, and situations. It will also be true of whatever may be in transit and destined to arrive at the doorstep of our hearts and lives. We must learn to increasingly think in terms of such blessed grace. We thereby walk in truth, and thus make it possible to more consistently know the peace of Christ our Father so desires that we experience. "Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 1:7).
The latter point concludes our consideration of God's working in all things. We must think as Biblically as possible about all things in our lives. "O send out Thy light and Thy truth. Let them lead me" (Psalm 43:3). Certainly this includes our understanding of God's working in all things. We have sought to correlate the Scriptures' truth regarding God's character and His capability. This is central to our beliefs and convictions. What kind of God works "all things after the counsel of His own will?" (Ephesians 1:11). What is His nature, character, and way? Only in the light of the proper Biblical answers to these questions can we rightly understand the wondrous presence and power of God that fills the entirety of creation, and the complete scope and measure of our lives. Who He is results in what He does. His power forever flows with the current of His Person. Our Lord's capability is always governed by His character. Love, as defined by Scripture and not human reasoning, characterizes everything God does. Keeping these truths of Scripture close in heart and mind, and seeking to grow in their holy light results in peace, both in our own hearts, and in our ability to transmit God's tranquility to others.
"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."
Weekly Memory Verse
"The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead" (Romans 1:20).