The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
"All Things To Enjoy"
God made creation with color, sound with music, food with flavor, the atmosphere with fragrance, and substance with texture. He also made us with the sensory components that allow us to experience and enjoy the "wonders without number" that proceed from His artistry (Job 9:10).
"God… giveth us richly all things to enjoy" (I Timothy 6:17).
Think of what this implies and directly reveals about our glorious Lord. He created beings He knew would use their freedom to rebel against Him (Psalm 147:5). He nevertheless made us with the capacity for enjoyment, and the universe with so much to enjoy. Even unbelievers during their earthly lifetimes benefit from God's gracious largesse. "He giveth to all life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25). For believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, of course, both this life and forevermore offer God's gifts whereby we rejoice in Him and His generosity. "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Psalm 23:6). Again, what does this tell us of our Father? So very much that only eternity will begin to display the revelation of His lovingkindness and inclination to bless. "The Lord is good to all, and His tendermercies are over all His works" (Psalm 145:9).
God purposes that we use our senses to enjoy the gifts He gives as a way of honoring Him. I have recently incorporated into my prayers for fellow believers and myself the request that the Holy Spirit will remind us to enjoy the gifts our Lord gives of "life and breath and all things." We thereby please our Father greatly as we benefit from His giving. We also find our hearts greatly strengthened and motivated to honor Him as we personally rejoice, and then serve as beacons of Christ's joy to others. Yes, God could have made all things as merely means of survival. Instead, He made all things as conveyors of joy and enjoyment. He also made us with the senses to experience, and the heart to be grateful. Let us think about what this says about Him as we give thanks and prepare ourselves through Christ for the eternal voyage into our Lord's everlasting goodness…
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved), and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.