The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Of Old… Of Today"
Life never writes its verse upon a blank page. Everything that comes to us finds its place with the events that have already occurred in our lives. We react to present occurrences, based on things that happened in the past. We learn, based on things we have already learned. We relate to people, based on previous relationships and experiences. We succeed and fail, based on paths of success and failure already traveled. Most importantly, born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ must seek to walk with God today, as based on His faithfulness known in days gone by.
"I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember Thy wonders of old" (Psalm 77:11).
Have we ever once found God faithful to be what we needed Him to be, and to do what we needed Him to do? If so, we shall find Him faithful in the present hour, and in all to come. "I am the Lord; I change not… Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:5). We must coordinate all that comes to us with the lines of life that bear witness to our Heavenly Father's perfect and abiding faithfulness. "I will remember the works… the wonders of the Lord" provides a powerful motivation to presently affirm another of the Psalmist's affirmations, "I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3).
This is especially important because much of what a fallen world writes upon our hearts and minds conflicts with God's trustworthiness. Our Heavenly Father presently allows our spiritual enemies to foist lies upon us regarding His faithful presence and working in our lives. If we allow such incoming darkness to settle within us apart from remembrance and affirmation of the Lord's fidelity, we can drift into darkness rather than decisively walking in the Light. "Awake to righteousness, and sin not" commanded the Apostle Paul (I Corinthians 15:34). Only by remembering and affirming the truth of God can we overcome the challenges by which our enemies seek to mislead those prone to forgetfulness. "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits" (Psalm 103:2).
Today will write its verse upon the pages of our lives. Let us be sure as it does to remember the truths already written by the Holy Spirit within us, and to seek more of the Light of Christ to grace our hearts and minds. Thereby our hearts will be kept in peace, and thereby will we honor our Lord according to His works and wonders of old, and His works and wonders of today.
"Thou hast been my help… Thou art my strength… For this God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even unto death" (Psalm 63:7; 31:4; 48:14)
Weekly Memory Verse
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him."