The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
When considering challenging and difficult matters, we do well to view them in the light of God's perspective. How does He see the problem?
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?" (Jeremiah 32:27).
We do well to remember God's ability, along with His awareness of His power to accomplish, solve, rescue, redeem, and act in accordance with His children's best interests. He sees Himself as able and willing to be far more than what we need Him to be, and to do exactly what we require Him to do. Moreover, since born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have transferred our well being to God, His view of challenges must be the one by which we meet and address them. Our Lord's promise to Joshua speaks much to the assurance of His willingness and ability to act on our behalf: "I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee" (Joshua 1:5).
From the smallest problem to the the most daunting dilemma, our Heavenly Father promises to apply His wisdom, understanding, power, and involvement to our challenges. We face nothing alone. We do nothing alone. However, because we presently live by faith, we can act as if the weight of our burdens rests solely on our own shoulders. We can view life horizontally, as it were, or from an entirely earthly perspective. This is our natural, fleshly response to events that never results in satisfactory outcomes. Indeed, when we solve problems or overcome difficulties with no regard to the One who enables us to do so, we miss the blessing of realizing His loving involvement. We likely fail to give thanks, and opportunities we might have to testify to our Lord's gracious working never see the light of day. As Jacob mournfully confessed, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not!" (Genesis 28:16).
Certainly, if we can quickly and adequately overcome a challenge, we do so. If a hole bursts open in the dyke, we need not pray before putting our finger in the void to stop the leak (although we might pray about what we will eventually use to replace our finger! ). We deal with life's difficulties as they come to us. We must therefore fill our hearts and minds with God's Scriptural assurances so that even as we use our human faculties to address issues, we know deeply within that God's divine faculties empower us. Sometimes, we will be very conscious of our need to specifically affirm such grace before and as we face challenges. Sometimes, we will look back on matters in the realization, that, as the old hymn exults, "This my song through endless ages, Jesus led me all the way!" Either way, embracing God's perspective of life's difficulties means that we remember His promised presence, His loving involvement, and His assurance that He will be and do all we need in every contingency, and along every pathway of life. This is peace, the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace. There is no other.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee."
To be spiritually minded is life and peace."
"Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?"