The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
Frances has recently undertaken the task of training our new beagle puppy Ellie (I am helping, but it's mainly Frances). She made a statement the other day that speaks well to the puppy process, but even more to our walk with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Because she is so young, right now we are not training Ellie as much as we are seeking to establish her trust in us."
"The Lord is faithful" (II Thessalonians 3:3). "Your faith groweth exceedingly" (II Thessalonians 1:3).
It is not innate for dogs to trust humans. We must prove ourselves trustworthy by devotion, provision, affection, discipline, and commitment. The same is true of human beings and the Lord. Until we come to Christ, unbelief rather than faith constitutes our nature and natural tendency. Even after we trust the Lord, our flesh still resists confidence in God and His Word (Galatians 5:17). Thus, our Heavenly Father must work throughout our earthly lifetime to establish, maintain, and enhance our confidence in His perfect trustworthiness. Indeed, the Apostle Paul's affirmation of the Thessalonians' exceeding growth in faith speaks highly of them, and even more highly of their Lord. "And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 1:14).
We can be sure of the same work of God in our hearts. He is building trust in us. The things that have happened and are happening in our lives move with the current of His perfect faithfulness and its relentless flow to assure us we can rest our hearts in the Lord Jesus in all things, at all times. Everything in our lives flows from such trust. "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17).
Today Frances and I will continue the process of gaining Ellie's confidence, which will lead to training Ellie's obedience. In far greater measure, our Father will do the same. We do well to realize His determination, and to expect many opportunities to discover or grow in faith, and to flow with the current of God's working to reveal He can be trusted completely.
"He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
"His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him."
Weekly Memory Verse
I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. (Psalm 77:11)