The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Irreversible Sequence"
History confirms the adage that in human affairs, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." In matters of Divine affairs, however, this is not the case at all.
"Ah Lord GOD! behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee" (Jeremiah 32:17).
"The Lord is good, and His tendermercies are over all His works" (Psalm 145:9).
Give a man too much power and he will think he is a god. God, conversely, possessed of power beyond imagination, became a man because His character of love led Him to make possible the redemption of fallen humanity. Rather than corrupt His heart, our Heavenly Father's capabilities flow from His heart of perfect goodness, integrity, and devotion to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and the needs of others. "Thou art good and doest good" (Psalm 119:68). Note the eternally irreversible sequence: God's being - "art good" - and His actions - "doest good." Who God is always and forever guides what He does. In the light of such glorious truth, let us all pause for a moment to offer our Heavenly Father praise and thanksgiving.
In thinking about God, few Scriptural truths serve a more foundational role in our understanding. Interpreting the Bible in both doctrinal and historical terms requires the remembrance that our Lord's character guides His capabilities. All Biblical truth God calls us to know, understand, and believe originates in His spiritual and moral perfection. "The Lord… abundant in goodness and truth" (Psalm 34:6). Moreover, regarding His actions recorded in Scripture, all flow with the current of His impeccable nature. "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31). Thus, when seeking to respond to and apply the teachings of the Bible, we remember that God's light shines from a Heart absolutely, pristinely, and eternally pure in motive and integrity. When considering His doings recorded in the pages of His Word, we realize that His perfect character always results in perfect conduct. "The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works" (Psalm 145:17).
We can trust someone like this. We can trust someone like this "with all thine heart" (Proverbs 3:5). Unlike human potentates who are inevitably corrupted if granted too much power, our Heavenly Father cannot even be tempted to act wrongly despite the infinite nature of His capabilities (James 1:13). His heart governs His hand. Now. Always. Forever. We do well to build an altar to this truth deeply within our hearts. It will help us greatly as we seek to know our Lord and His truth. And it will help us to better understand His ways in our lives, and in His working in all things.
"All His works are done in truth."
Weekly Memory Verse
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.