Thursday, February 16, 2023

Orange Moon Thursday, February 16, 2023 "This Time"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"This Time"

   "Time Passes.  Will you?"  

   I have mentioned before in these messages the placard my 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Mr. Swilley, strategically placed above the clock to which he knew many of his students would direct a frequent gaze.  This reminds me of Another who communicated far more certain and encouraging truth about time.

   "My times are in Thy hand" (Psalm 31:15).

   Be we young, old, or somewhere in between, every epoch of the lives of born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ abides in the hand of our God.  He has purpose for all, and weaves His ultimate intention of conforming us to the spiritual and moral image of the Lord Jesus into every moment (Romans 8:28-29).  Thus, time's passage ever makes it way along the paths of God's providence.  We pass with it as we increasingly realize the hands of the clock move according to the heart and hands of the Lord so devoted to our best interests.  The Psalmist beckons our best response to such blessed truth:

    "Trust in Him at all times" (Psalm 62:8).

    Each era in our lives offers its particular blessings and challenges.  Wherever we may be on our Heavenly Father's providential path, the Word of God and the Spirit of God call us to believe our Father's faithfulness will meet us in every step.  Thereby, whether in youth, when we may not realize the perishing of the outward man, or in maturity, when we well know the process, our "inward man is renewed day by day" (II Corinthians 4:16).  Indeed a God in whom we can "trust… at all times" must be a God we can trust in this time.  He must be in this epoch of our lives the perfectly trustworthy Father who cannot fail to fulfill His promise of holding our days in the palm of His grace.  Such fidelity of character and nature shines brightly in this day.  Yes, we can trust that whatever the present moment holds, it is itself held by Hands so faithful they bear the prints of nails.  "Behold My hands" said the Lord Jesus long ago to disciples (Luke 24:39).  He would say the same to us in this day, beckoning us to see by faith the wounds that so vividly assure us of how faithfully He holds our times, and how faithfully He holds this time.

"His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness."
(Lamentations 3:22-23)

Weekly Memory Verse
   I will run the way of Thy commandments, when Thou shalt enlarge my heart.
 (Psalm 119:32)











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