The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"What To Expect"
"My expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5).
What should we expect of God?
In one sense, the question is eternally open-ended. The Lord's ways in our lives and the world often surprise and may even bewilder us. We can never know for certain how God will act in circumstances, conditions, and situations. "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways" (Isaiah 55:8). Complete knowledge, understanding, and wisdom guide the Lord's doings, qualities of perfect awareness we do not possess. "His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5).
We can, however, anticipate other aspects of our Heavenly Father's working in all things. He will always act according to the perfection of His character and nature. "Thou art good and doest good" (Psalm 119:68). God will never compromise Himself. He exists as the eternally enduring "I AM," whose actions will always reflect His being. He will not and cannot deviate from this essential quality of who He is. "The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works" (Psalm 145:17).
God will also work according to "the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11). The Father's works originate and forever flow with the current of exalting His Son. "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand" (John 3:35). The Holy Spirit seeks to reveal and exalt our Savior, and the Scriptures exist for the same primary purpose (John 15:26; 16:14; John 5:39). Thus, when we do not understand the specifics of our Father's ways, we can always fall back on the assurance that His determinations and allowances will always fulfill the primary determination of shining the spotlight on the Lord Jesus, "that in all things He might have the preeminence" (Colossians 1:18).
Finally, we can be completely certain of loving faithfulness as the guide of every action God has ever done, or ever will do. "God cannot lie… His faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds… Thy Word is truth… I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He that sat upon Him was called faithful and true" (Titus 1:2; Psalm 36:5; John 17:17; Revelation 19:11). Our Lord forever abides as true to Himself, and thus, true to His creation. This includes you and me. God can be trusted in this moment and forevermore. We must plant this truth deeply in our hearts as a matter of utmost conviction both doctrinally and and personally. "Great is Thy faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:23).
As the saying goes, we trust God's heart even when we cannot understand His hand. His ways will sometimes challenge our comprehension. Never, however, need we question His heart. Because no one has ever trusted in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and been disappointed for doing so. And no one ever will…
"As for God, His way is perfect."
(II Samuel 22:31)
Weekly Memory Verse
The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.