The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Greatest Reality"
Two currents of reality presently flow throughout the earth.
"The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD" (Psalm 33:5).
"The whole world lieth in wickedness" (I John 5:19).
Both streams bear great consequence and have their impact upon every human heart. God's goodness to all bears witness to His existence, involvement, and saving grace in the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, from conception until death, all live in "the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9). However, wickedness also abounds in a fallen world under the influence of the devil and his numerous minions. We all feel the effects of such darkness, and must deal with the challenges that confront us on a daily basis. "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).
The currents of good and evil both flow. But which is greater? How we answer determines the course of our hearts and lives. If we judge by appearance and human perspective, we might conclude that evil bears the greatest influence and effect. Does it? The Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul provide the answer:
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment… God worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (John 7:24; Ephesians 1:3; 11).
The goodness of God fills the world and serves as its prevailing reality, even amid darkness and wickedness. The light shineth in darkness" (John 1:5). While not ignoring evil and its consequences, believers must nevertheless maintain primary focus on our Lord and His involved presence. This greater reality maintains peace and assurance as the governing influence of our hearts whereby we walk in truth, and also lead others to confidence rather than consternation. "Come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord" (Isaiah 2:5).
In a world that lieth in wickedness, the goodness of God nevertheless abides as the predominant truth whereby the Holy Spirit works to reveal and glorify the Lord Jesus. "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Romans 5:20). The Christian who sees both currents, while emphasizing and affirming the greater flow of God's goodness, will faithfully represent His truth and powerfully influence others to see the Light that shines in the darkness. Fearful and hurting hearts need hope. Our Heavenly Father calls us to serve as His beacons who illuminate the goodness that ever abides as the greatest reality.
"Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world."
(I John 4:4)
Weekly Memory Verse
"When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face, my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek."