Friday, October 15, 2021

Orange Moon Friday, October 15, 2021 "The Two Questions"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"The Two Questions"  

   The Apostle Paul asked the two great questions of every human being's existence when first encountering the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

   "Who art Thou Lord?  What wilt Thou have me to do?" (Acts 9:5).

    We could rightly ask these questions every day of our lives.  Perhaps we should.  Indeed, we will be asking them for eternity.

   "His greatness is unsearchable… the unsearchable riches of Christ… Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think" (Psalm 145:3; Ephesians 3:8; 3:20).

   God's being, character, nature, and way comprise an unreachable horizon, an ocean beyond fathom, a well eternally overflowing, and a glory that will amaze and surprise us with ongoing newness no less in eternity than in time.  "Climb higher, swim deeper, venture further" beckons the Holy Spirit to the heart that has begun a journey into the living God that will never end.  Thus, Paul's questions - our questions - provide a simple and suitable inquiry for each day, and perhaps often for moments throughout our days.  Who are You, Lord?  What would You have me do?

   The first inquiry involves relationship.  We must know who our Lord is in order to walk with Him in loving, trusting, and submitted fellowship.  To truly know God invariably leads to loving Him.  To truly know God strengthens our faith in Him.  To truly know God leads us to humbly recognize His rightly place as the Lord of our lives.  Thus, God's answers to "Who are You, Lord?" constitute the heart of our very existence.  "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3).  

    Growing knowledge of who God is results in a life that increasingly reflects "the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God" (Philippians 1:11).   "What would you have me to do, Lord?" more and more becomes the attitude of our heart, and the path upon which we seek to walk by His grace.  "The path of the just is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18).  The will of God is the place of peace for our hearts and lives, regardless of any sacrifice that may be required to do it.  Now.  Always.  Forever.  "I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved" (Psalm 119:47).

   Paul's two questions.  Our two questions.  "Who are You, Lord?  What will you have me to do?"  We will ask them forever.  Let us ask them today.  The glory of God will fill our hearts as He answers, and we will increasingly live in a matter where our world sees His glory reflected in our countenance, demeanor, attitudes, words, and deeds.  We could hope for nothing better, and we certainly can pray for nothing better.

"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him."
(Ephesians 1:15-17)
"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."
(Hebrews 13:20-21)

Weekly Memory Verse
   O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; fear before Him, all the earth.
(Psalm 96:9)


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