The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"His Confidence, Our Confidence"
"The life of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ involves ongoing discovery of why God is so confident in Himself, and ongoing availing ourselves of the opportunity to share that confidence."
Our Heavenly Father has complete confidence in Himself, and rightly so. He knows who He is, and He knows what He can do.
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?" (Jeremiah 32:27).
We know the answer in principle, but we also do well to express ourselves personally to our God. "I believe that You are indeed the God of all flesh, Father. And no, nothing is too hard for You." The life of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ involves ongoing discovery of why God is so confident in Himself, and ongoing availing ourselves of the opportunity to share that confidence. Our Lord's abilities can be trusted implicitly, and His wisdom in how to execute them will be found no less complete than His power.
"He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He" (Psalm 32:40).
Again, the "He is" must become the "You are." God's perfect truth in principle shines as the brightest of lights on the pages of Scripture. However, the facts must direct our hearts to look into the face of our Heavenly Father by faith. His light must illuminate our hearts, leading us to know in living terms that His confidence in Himself is not misplaced. "Being confident of this very thing" wrote the Apostle Paul, "that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it unto the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6). Certainly, Paul knew this truth as a matter of doctrine. He knew it also as a matter of living, personal reality. "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day" (II Timothy 1:12). God is who He is, always. Our experience of the wonder awaits the determination to believe about Him what He knows about Himself. Principle must become personal as God's confidence in Himself results in our confidence in Him…
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness."
"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
(Psalm 18:2; emphasis added)
Weekly Memory Verse
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man.