The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Mind and the Heart
Scripture speaks of God in terms of an involvement in creation and in our lives far more detailed than we can imagine.
"By Him all things consist" (Colossians 1:17).
Modern science long ago discovered that "all things" exist as the product of an innumerable number of atomic and subatomic particles and forces comprising the substance of all matter. Before the discovery, God's creation and maintaining of all things filled the heart with wonder. After discovery of the atom, however, wonder does not begin to describe proper response to the pointed participation of God in His creation. Yes, even more mystifying than the number of atoms is the Lord's working described by the writer of Hebrews: "upholding all things by word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3).
The science of such consideration, fascinating as it is, bows before the personal significance for every human being. If we were originally made in the image of God, and if God became as one of us to save us from sin, how involved must He be in our lives? How must our every breath be graced with eternal meaning and purpose, as executed by the everlasting God who "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will?" (Ephesians 1:11). How must the all things that "work together for good to them that love Him" be woven together as the breathtakingly beautiful tapestry of a wisdom "too wonderful" to comprehend? (Romans 8:28; Psalm 139:6). How must the realities of this moment, whatever of blessing or challenge they may hold, find them accompanied by the presence, purpose, and power of the God in whom we "live and move and have our being?" (Acts 17:28).
How little we see, or can see! But how much we must fortify our hearts with the belief and conviction that creation - and our lives - teem with the God who wondrously made all things, and who perhaps even more wondrously, sustains all things. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke to this in graphic and unmistakable imagery:
"The very hairs of your head are all numbered" Matthew (10:30).
Too wonderful indeed! A Mind exists, able to know everything about us from conception and forevermore. Thoughts and words fail in the magnitude of such contemplation. However, an even greater reality reveals a Heart that accompanies the Mind, a Heart lovingly devoted to our eternal well being. Thus, God's absolute knowledge of us that might be the most terrifying reality imaginable because of our sin, becomes the our greatest hope and assurance because of His grace. "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Romans 5:20). In such holy light, the believer may rightly believe that God sees us through the crystal clear lens of truth that sees, and of grace that redeems. "Thou God seest me… I have loved thee with an everlasting love" (Genesis 16:13; Jeremiah 31:3)
The number and complexity of atoms pale in comparison to the pointed gaze of God's heart upon His trusting children in Christ. This moment finds us all as the blessed supplicants of the Mind able to coordinate all things in our lives for good, and the Heart devoted to the wondrous task. Herein, we may rest our own minds and hearts. Because whatever this moment may involve, the infinitely greater truth reminds us of Who is involved in this moment. Innumerable atoms, numbered hairs, and blessed Scriptural promises assure us that the Mind and the Heart see us with wondrous understanding, and even more, wondrous devotion of love.
"Thou God seest me."
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."
Weekly Memory Verse
By Him all things consist.