Friday, February 28, 2020

"It Is I"

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

(a repeat from 2017)

"It Is I"
    Because we "live and move and have our being" in God, He saturates our existence to a degree we cannot presently comprehend (Acts 17:28).  Our residence in a fallen world hinders our awareness of the greatest truth in our lives, namely, the Person, presence, and pervasive activity of our Creator.  David nevertheless realized the reality:

    "Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit?  Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me" (Psalm 139:7-10).

    God dwells as the Blessing of every blessing.  He provides the meaning of every seemingly mundane moment.  He supplies Himself as "a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).  Thus, there is Someone to gratefully appreciate along pleasant pathways.  There is Someone to remember and affirm in the midst of seemingly ordinary, repetitious responsibilities of life that may seem like drudgery, but which actually teem with the living presence of God.  Most of all, there is  Someone to trust in trouble, Someone who speaks to His trusting children in Christ the same promise of hope declared to His disciples as He walked to them upon storm-tossed seas: "It is I, be not afraid" (Mark 6:50).  Whatever the conditions and circumstances this moment brings to our doorstep, God promises Himself as the Great Fact of all.

   "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" (Isaiah 41:10).

    "It is I."  The Voice resounds from the center of all things.  "It is I."   Creation teems with the risen life and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.  "God… worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:3; 11).  This includes our moments, our circumstances, our situations, and our conditions.  The great God, the God and Father of our Savior, supplies the Great Fact of this moment.  We see it - or rather, Him - "through a glass darkly"  (I Corinthians 13:12).  The truth nevertheless prevails as the reality of this moment, and as the Life of our lives.  The Voice we cannot hear, but the fact we can know as we trust the God who assures us in all things,  "It is I."

"To live is Christ."
(Philippians 1:21)

Weekly Memory Verse
   In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. 
(Isaiah 30:15).


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