The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"A Thing Or Two"
You may have seen the advertisement in which a spokesman for an insurance company assures potential customers, "We know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two." The ad usually depicts an incident handled well by the company as an indication that they will not be taken by surprise and policyholders will be covered regardless of what happens.
"His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5).
God has also seen a thing or two. He has seen it all actually, from everlasting. No unfamiliar condition, situation, or circumstance confronts Him with newness or uncertainty. To those who have committed our well being unto Him for time and eternity, no more assuring and reassuring thought can grace our hearts and minds. Nothing in our lives catches our Heavenly Father off guard, or by surprise. He will never utter, "Uhoh!" He anticipates all, perfectly, and He perfectly works as we trust and submit ourselves to Him.
"Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator" (I Peter 4:19).
"A faithful Creator." It is interesting the Apostle Peter used this title for God regarding our looking to Him in challenges. Peter references both the character and the capability of our Lord. God's heart can be trusted - "faithful." His hand can also be viewed as abundantly able - "Creator." He will find no challenge we commit to Him as too hard to handle or solve. Nor will we find Him as anything less than devoted to our care. Not only has He "seen a thing or two," He sees all before all happens. Moreover, He sees it, knowing that we do not, and being motivated by our need and His heart "full of compassion" (Psalm 86:15). Thus, we must view Him as perfectly ready, and perfectly reliable. As the leper said to the Lord Jesus Christ, "If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean." And, as the Lord Jesus responded, "I will. Be thou clean" (Matthew 8:2-3).
We may not know how we will navigate a new path of difficulty that lies before us, or continue to make our way upon an old one. God does. He more than knows, in fact. He saw the path before ever trouble paved it. He is ready. He is reliable. We can trust this willing and able Creator to lead and enable us to make our journey in this present life of challenge. In fact, the Psalmist declared our Lord to be especially with us when "a thing or two" anticipated by God catches us by disconcerting surprise…
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
Weekly Memory Verse
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.