Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Orange Moon Tuesday, May 30, 2023 "Why?"

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




    Why does God do everything He does?  This might seem an audacious question to ask, and even more, to which we might believe an understandable answer exists.  Actually, however, the Bible addresses the matter in a simple expression of truth about our Lord, namely, involving "the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11).

    From everlasting to everlasting, our Heavenly Father works to reveal and exalt His beloved Son.  This is purpose.  This is motivation. This is intention.  The Apostle Paul affirms this as eternal determination, that is, one that has always been, will always be, and that completely forms and informs every doing of our Father.  Thus, in ultimate terms of "Why?," we can always know that God's purpose flows with His consistent, persistent, and relentless objective to honor the Lord Jesus, revealing Him as the heart of His intention, and the intention of His heart.

    "This is My beloved Son whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17).

    We do well to make this personal.  If we ask, "Father, why are You working in my life in this way?," His ultimate and most pointedly precise answer will always be, "To glorify and reveal My Son."  Of course, this will often not answer another question:
"How?".   We do not always see the ways and means by which Christ will be known in God's determinations and allowances executed in our lives.  We will likely not see most of them.  However, if God's "eternal purpose" ever flows with the current of the Lord Jesus' glory, we can always know that somehow, in some way, the exaltation of our Savior directs the course of our Father's working in our heart and life.  

   The Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, the saints, and the universe all exist for this infinite and eternal motivation of the Father's love for His Son, and His purpose in Him.

    "Search the Scriptures… they are they which testify of Me" (John 5:39).
    "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me… He shall glorify Me" (John 15:26; 16:14).
    "Now unto the principalities and powers in Heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:10-11).
   "His dear Son… by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him, and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist" (Colossians 1:13:16-17).

   Why?  The glory of the Lord Jesus and the revelation of Him throughout creation forevermore ever supplies the answer.  This has been, and always will be God's answer to every inquiry regarding the reason for the "wonders without number" He performs (Job 9:10).  This does not always answer how His doings fit His purpose.  Indeed, in this moment, we likely wonder about particular circumstances, conditions, and situations we face in our journey along the path of righteousness.  The Bible is replete with such inquiries of God's people.  How does this fit, or how does that align with our Father's promised working in our lives?  We may or may not find answers to His ways and means.  Of this, however, we can always sure: God's "Whys" and motives always - always - proceed and continue with His from everlasting, to everlasting intention to reveal and glorify the Lord Jesus.  We must establish this within our own hearts as our shared purpose with Him if we are to live in truth and reality, and if we are to "walk in the light, as He is in the light" (I John 1:7).  No purpose so wondrous can be found other than this, the "Why?" of our own existence and very being.  Nor will any other purpose be found that so fills and thrills our hearts than the determination to join our Father in glorifying and bearing witness to His beloved Son, and our beloved Savior.

"The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand."
(John 3:35)
"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."
(Philippians 2:9-10)

Weekly Memory Verse
     If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 
(John 8:36)






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