The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(Thanks to the S&H Boys, Scott and Herb, for inspiration on this one.)
"Who Are You?"
"We open the Bible for many reasons. That which most awaits us on the sacred Pages, however, is the answer to the great question of our existence, both now and forevermore: Who is He? Or, to make it personal, "Lord, who are You?"
Everything God does proceeds from who He is. His I AM perfectly and forever motivates His I WILL DO (Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 46:10).
"Thou art good, and doest good" (Psalm 119:68).
Can our Lord do anything? No, He cannot. "God," declared the Apostle Paul, "cannot lie" (Titus 1:2). Nor can He do anything that does not accord with the eternally infinite purity of His character, nature, and way. "Nothing is too hard" for our Lord to do (Jeremiah 32:17). But many things are too unholy for Him to do. "As for God, His way is perfect… without iniquity, just and right is He" (II Samuel 22:31; Deuteronomy 32:41).
No truth about our Lord more establishes, maintains, and forever guides us in our knowing and seeking to relate to Him. We must discover as well as possible the being of God in order to rightly understand His doings, as revealed by His Spirit, His Word, His people, and His involved presence in our lives. Indeed, we open the Bible for many reasons. That which most awaits us on the sacred Pages, however, is the answer to the great question of our existence, both now and forevermore: "Who is He?" Or, to make it personal, "Lord, who are You?"
Now and forevermore will not fully answer the question. "His greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3). Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have set forth upon an Ocean without shore, whose depths cannot be fully plumbed. The further we venture into the heart of God, the more we thrill in what we discover, and in what the present scene of glory promises to come. "The deep things of God" await us as the Holy Spirit leads us into the wonders of our Lord's character and nature, the goodness of which the poet Faber so beautifully penned… "Shoreless Ocean, who can sound Thee? Thine own eternity is round Thee, Majesty divine!" (I Corinthians 2:10).
Consider. Someone calls us into His heart, Someone who gave the heart of His eternally beloved Son to be broken by sorrow, and then pierced by a spear as the greatest unveiling of who God is. How can we ever possibly fully discover such goodness? The Prince of life suffered, was forsaken, and died for a human race that disbelieved Him, disobeyed Him, ignored Him, mocked Him, and ultimately nailed Him to a cross. Rather than pray for legions of angels to deliver Him, the Lord Jesus sought for and obtained untold measures of mercy to be delivered to those who smote Him (and for all of us whose sins made necessary His sorrow). The echoes of His prayer still ring in the halls of Heaven, and answers still proceed from the throne of grace. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34).
Calvary most assures us that "the deep things of God" promise an eternity of "wonders without number" (Job 9:10). Who is He? "Lord, who are You?" Regardless of how long we have lived as a believer, the questions still apply. As they will forevermore…
There is no end to the quest we know,
forever beckons on.
For we soar in skies so bright and blue,
above all clouds and storm.
Yes, we fly into the heart of God,
as in His Son we trust,
and earth will soon be nothing more
than long forgotten dust.
So spread your wings and catch the wind,
o journeyman of hope,
and race toward horizons blessed
with those who also know
That the quest of hearts is Jesus,
He is our shining sun,
it matters not how far we've come…
the Journey's just begun.
"The woman saith unto Him, Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Thou art good, and doest good."