The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(Thanks to my dear friend and brother Randy R. for inspiration on this one)
"I AM… I Will Be… I Will Do"
Could… might… may: three words necessary to our communication with one another in a life wherein possibility guides many of our actions and reactions. However, when wielded by enemies of the soul, "could, might, and may" become weapons formed against the peace of our hearts.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee" (Isaiah 26:3).
In our generation, the news media often wields the words in ways that not only inform and offer proper consideration of possibilities. Instilling fear accompanies the conveyance of information. Politicians and business frequently join the attempt to frighten, thereby seeking to garner votes and make profits. In a generation of 24/7 communication, this purveying of fear becomes a constant refrain of insecurity, or more literally, a constant temptation to be governed by unsettling or even terrifying fear.
Through the darkness, a bright and piercing Light shines. "Fear not… Be not afraid." Seventy two times in Scripture, our Lord's command graced with promise illuminates the hearts of all who realize our privileged responsibility to navigate the uncertainties of life by assurances that bear no resemblance to "could… might… may."
"I AM… I will be… I will do" (Exodus 3:14; Genesis 17:8; Exodus 34:10).
No human being can know with absolute certainty the events, either pleasant or painful, that will occur in the future. Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, however, can know amid the uncertainty of "could… might… may" the bedrock assurance of "I AM… I will be… I will do." The God and Father of our Savior, the I AM of our eternal existence, will be and do everything we will need Him to be and do in this moment, and in all to come. This is truth. This is reality. This is certainty. This is peace, the tranquility of the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). His voice sounds through the constant forebodings of times when other voices would enshroud us with fear and insecurity. "Fear not! Be not afraid!" Yes, the Prince beckons us to counter the uncertainty of "could… might… may" with His absolute assurance: "I AM… I will be… I will do."
I don't know what tomorrow holds,
but I know Who holds tomorrow
in the palm of His hand, His nail-pierced hand,
Yes, I know Who holds tomorrow.
This is peace, this is peace.
I don't know how the road will bend,
but I know I will not go without my Friend.
For deep in my spirit, His Spirit lives,
and grace for each journey I've learned that He gives.
This is peace, this is peace.
I know this, that wherever I go,
I'll find Him there, for yes it's true, tomorrow He holds.
And though I can't tell the path that lies ahead of me,
I gaze into the darkness and the Way I plainly see.
This is peace, this is peace,
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Weekly Memory Verse
In Him we live and move and have our being.