The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Two parallel tracks presently run through the world.
"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord" (Psalm 33:5).
"The whole world lieth in wickedness" (I John 5:19).
This raises a simple question: which is greater, God's goodness, or the devilish and human wickedness so prevalent throughout the earth? Appearances and actual events often seem to argue for the supremacy of evil. Truth, however, declares that no matter what we see or experience, "God… worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:11). While not determining wickedness, or being in any way responsible for it, our Lord nevertheless works amid both good and bad to fulfill what Scripture refers to as "the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11).
Of course, this perhaps raises more questions than it answers. How can God fit all things together for the glory of His Son, the redemption of sinners, and a gravely damaged universe? Run far and fast from anyone who contends they have more than cursory answers to this inquiry. Finite human understanding, even as illuminated by Biblical revelation, can only go so far in discovering our Lord's wondrous ways of coordination and synthesis. Certainly, we can know some of His whys and wherefores in the light of His Word. "In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9). Most importantly, however, we can know Him well enough to be completely confident that He presently and dynamically involves His heart and hand in all things. And we can know that "all things work together for good to them that love God, and who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).
That which we cannot know and understand must lead us to affirm that which we can know and understand. Namely…
God is God.
His Word is true.
He works all things after the counsel of His will.
He works all things together for good to them that love Him.
He can be completely trusted.
We are on a need to know basis with Him.
We can never know all, but we can know some, and we can know more as we seek and submit to our Lord.
Every word of Scripture has either already been perfectly fulfilled, or will be perfectly fulfilled.
God is so intimately involved in our lives that He numbers the hairs of our heads.
Grace and mercy governs His heart toward humanity, but truth, justice, and righteousness will be vindicated.
God will complete His historical and ultimate purposes. "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him, and they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever" (Revelation 22:3-5).
These and many other assurances of Scripture provide what we can know always, that while good and evil presently coexist in God's creation, the former transcends the latter by an infinite measure. This is especially vital to remember when we face things beyond our understanding. We may not know or understand how our Lord works in all things. But we can be absolutely sure that He does.
"As for God, His way is perfect."
(II Samuel 22:31)
"I will trust in Thee."
Weekly Memory Verse
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(I Thessalonians 5:18)
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