The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(Another Doctrine 101 consideration. In fact, if I were teaching such a course, I would begin here, in the first moment of the first day of class. And I would return to the theme often throughout the semester).
3 letters, comprising one of the briefest of expressions. And yet no word bears more significance in our existence, or more importantly, in God's doings and "the eternal purpose which He purposed Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11).
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).
"Why?" speaks to reason - thoughts - and motivation - intents. Applied to God, such consideration would seem to instantly carry us beyond our capacity to understand His doings. However, if God's purpose centers in the Lord Jesus, and if His purpose is eternal, every inquiry regarding "Why?" directed to God can be simply answered, at least in the first and most basic sense. The exaltation and revelation of the Lord Jesus permeates everything our Father purposes and executes through the Holy Spirit (who shares the emphasis - John 16:14; 15:26). Indeed, every "Why" we direct to our Father could justifiably be answered, "To fulfill My eternal purpose of exalting and revealing My Son." God has eternally determined to do all that He does for this primary and all encompassing purpose. Thus, the Lord Jesus provides the fundamental answer to every "Why?" of His Father.
Wondrously, God privileges us to join Him on His eternal journey of this holy purpose and intention.
"Let he that glorieth, glory in the Lord" (II Corinthians 10:17).
Like our Father, we do many things, for many reasons. Like our Father, we must establish one reason - one answer to "Why?" - as primary in our eternal purpose. We exist to glorify and reveal the Lord Jesus. Amid all the significance of everything we are and everything we do, this purpose stands as paramount. "Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord" (Colossians 3:23). At the center of our heart, this answer to "Why?" must be established, maintained, and enhanced. We can be sure our Father works accordingly, and we must be sure that we seek to respond to His eternally Christ-exalting and revealing endeavor within us. "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure… "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Philippians 2:13; Matthew 3:17).
Many thoughts, many choices, many words, many doings, for many reasons. Many answers to "Why?" One answer, however, precedes, pervades, and permeates all in the heart of God. "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand" (John 3:35). God forevermore works in all things to glorify and reveal His Son. This is the "Why?" of His reasoning and motivation. It must be our's as well. No greater peace descends upon us than in the moment we realize this sublime and singular reason for our existence. We will not be perfect during our present earthly lifetime in remembering, affirming, and living in a manner that rightly answers "Why?" We can grow in this grace, however, and we can seek to ever more shine as lamps glimmering with the glory of the Lord Jesus in everything we do. "Why?" A tiny word indeed. But its answer is eternally infinite in the heart of God, and in the hearts of all who love His beloved Son, and our beloved Savior.
"God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
(II Corinthians 4:6)
Weekly Memory Verse
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
(II Corinthians 4:6)