The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Movement Of the Spirit"
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Genesis 1:1-2).
The Bible opens with the Holy Spirit moving to illuminate, form, and fill, providing a physical representation of what He ever seeks to accomplish by working to redeem human hearts through the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We were not there to see His moving upon the earth recorded in Genesis. Nor do we see much of what the Spirit of God presently does in the hearts of people. We tend to judge by outward evidence, as opposed to the Psalmist's declaration that "His word runneth very swiftly" upon the earth (Psalm 147:15). Moreover, the Spirit's working is so finely tuned by the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of God that even if we could see His inner working in human hearts, we would not comprehend most of what we behold.
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24).
"Appearance" often threatens of irreparable darkness, damage, and emptiness. Conversely, "righteous judgment" - the Word of God - proclaims that God the Father incessantly sends God the Spirit to reveal the saving grace of God the Son. Indeed, regardless of what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears, our Lord's redemptive moving is ever the greatest and most powerful influence in the world. We do well to remember the Bible's affirmation of this movement of the Spirit, and also to acknowledge that when we see darkness, damage, and emptiness, we can be sure He is present and moving to enlighten, redeem, and fill.
"To Him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, He doth send out His voice, and that a mighty voice."
Weekly Memory Verse
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.