Monday, September 11, 2023

Orange Moon Monday, September 11, 2023 "Who? What?"

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

"Who?  What?"

    "Like Moses and Paul, we must realize that God calls us to know Him, and then to live from our discovery of who He is.  Thereby, we seek to do for Him not our best, but His best."    


   "Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And He said, Certainly I will be with thee" (Exodus 3:10-12).

    Regarding the high calling to which God commissioned Moses, no possibility existed of the man fulfilling his mission by his own capabilities.  "Who am I?" was not the question.  Had Moses known the Lord and himself better, he would have asked, "Who are You, Lord?"

    Saul of Tarsus asked this question on the road to Damascus, upon seeing the the Lord Jesus Christ face to face.  "Who art Thou, Lord?"  He proceeded to ask the perfect corollary question: "What wilt Thou have me to do?" (Acts 9:5-6).  The case could be made that Saul - the Apostle Paul - asked these questions for the rest of his earthly lifetime.  He well knew that even eternity will not fully reveal the person, character, and nature of God.  "His greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3).  Nor will eternity completely unveil the doings to which our Heavenly Father calls us for the glory of the Lord Jesus.  "God is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" (Ephesians 3:20).  Like Moses and Paul, we must realize that God calls us to know Him, and then to live from our discovery of who He is.  Thereby, we seek to do for Him not our best, but His best.

   This includes every aspect of our life, being, and doing.  "Without Me, ye can do nothing" (John 15:5).  The smallest act of faith and obedience proceeds in the believer from who God is, from His working in us, and our response to Him.  This means we do well to daily ask the question: "Who are You, Lord?"  For the born again believer in the Lord Jesus, this involves a growing enhancement of personal and doctrinal knowledge, leading to increasing faith and faithfulness: "What would You have me to do?"  Increasing light results in intensified life, the life of Christ known and grown in our hearts, hands, and feet.  "Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (II Corinthians 3:18).

   One answer the believer will receive from his Lord provides the greatest encouragement we can know.  Our Father informs us through His Word that He is the God who so loves us that He gave His beloved Son not only to the cross of Calvary, but also to our hearts when we believed.  "God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father" (Galatians 4:6).  Thereby, God calls us to do His will not by our own devices, but by His presence and working in us.  "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10).  Yes, knowing who God is provides the means of doing what He would have us to do.  We live for Him, from Him.  No more thrilling thought can grace our hearts as the Lord of infinite goodness and greatness will forever answer the question, "Who art Thou, Lord?" in order to not only tell us what He would have us to do, but also assure us of the power to do it.

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."
(II Corinthians 9:8)
"His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us unto glory and virtue."
(II Peter 1:3)

Weekly Memory Verse
   "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.  His greatness is unsearchable."
 (Psalm 145:3)




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