The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Who and What"
" 'Who?' and 'What?' " We were made for the questions, and even more, for God's answers. With Paul, we will ask them forevermore, which includes this day."
Upon seeing the Lord Jesus Christ face to face on the road to Damascus, the Apostle Paul asked the two great questions of human existence.
"Who art Thou, Lord?… What wilt Thou have me to do?" (Acts 9:5-6).
Paul will ask these two questions for eternity, as will all believers. One speaks to the very essence of reality, the person and being of God, which concerns relationship and fellowship with our Heavenly Father. "Who are Thou, Lord?" constitutes personal inquiry into the heart and mind of God, a wondrous possibility that would seem fanciful for finite beings such as ourselves were it not for our Lord's amazing communication skills and desire to reveal Himself (so much so that the second Person of the triune God is called "The Word"). We may not feel ourselves capable of fellowship with such a One. Left ourselves, we are not. However, to the trusting heart that seeks to know the heart of God, He more than ably illuminates and reveals Himself. Indeed, knowing our Lord far more concerns His revelation capabilities than our reception abilities. "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).
The second inquiry - "What wilt Thou have me to do?" - addresses the matter of our response. God did not make us as computers to be programmed, but as persons to be motivated, guided, and enabled to freely love as we are loved. The Psalmist beautifully and succinctly affirmed such privilege and responsibility: "When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek" (Psalm 27:8). The Spirit of God dwells within believing hearts, ever moving to lead us to fellowship with our Heavenly Father, and to seek His will for our lives. Knowing God leads to active hearts, hands, and feet that see to do as the fruit of receiving grace in the Lord Jesus. Paul's second inquiry should consistently flow from our hearts to the heart of God - "What would You have me to do, Lord?" Or, to specify the inquiry, "What would You have me to believe… to think… to speak… to pray… to act… to give… to sacrifice… to live for Your glory and the blessing of others?"
"Who?" and "What?" We were made for the questions, and even more, for God's answers. With Paul, we will ask them forevermore, which includes this day. The Holy Spirit moves within us to motivate our asking, the Lord Jesus provides access to the throne of grace where we receive answers, and our Heavenly Father loves to illuminate our hearts, minds, hands, and feet with His glorious light. Let us call unto Him - "Who are You, Lord?…. What will You have me to do?" God long ago answered Paul, and doubtless continues to do so for our brother. As He will for us…
"The path of the just is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day."
Weekly Memory Verse
We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."