The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Caring and Confident"
If we could physically gaze into Heaven and see the Lord Jesus Christ on His throne, would the present condition of the world and its challenged inhabitants find Him wringing His hands, furrowing His brow, and nervously sweating in anxiety?
"The LORD reigneth, He is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith He hath girded Himself: the world also is established, that it cannot be moved" (Psalm 93:1).
Certainly, our Lord cares deeply about the pains and sorrows of a world that "lieth in wickedness" and the consequences known thereby (I John 5:19). The writer of Hebrews declares the Lord Jesus to be a High Priest who is "touched with the feeling of our infirmities"(Hebrews 4:15). He sympathizes and empathizes with us as the God "full of compassion." Thankfully, however, He is not overwhelmed by a paralyzing grief that would render Him unable to come to our aid (Psalm 112:4).
"Be Thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: Thou hast given commandment to save me; for Thou art my rock and my fortress" (Psalm 71:3).
We require our Lord's compassion, but in a way that maintains His capacity to be all we need Him to be in our challenges. A proper Biblical view finds our hearts deeply appreciative of His caring, while also assured by His confidence. It matters much to our Heavenly Father when we hurt. It matters more that He knows beyond a shadow of doubt His capacity to comfort and carry us through our trials. We must look unto His throne with the faith of "casting all your care" upon a compassionate God, while trusting in a confident God, "the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle" (I Peter 5:7; Psalm 24:8). Both character and capability pave the path to a God willing and able to be all we need in every matter of our lives.
"The Lord is very pitiful (full of pity), and of tender mercy."
"Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle."
Weekly Memory Verse
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
(I Timothy 1:14)