Friday, January 5, 2024

Orange Moon Friday, January 5, 2024 "The Eternity of Now"

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

"The Eternity of Now"    


    The truth of God's infinite being, character, and nature may seem wonderful to ponder in conceptual terms.  But does it have practical impact on our present earthly lives?  It most certainly does.

   "His greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3).
    "Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee, which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!" (Psalm 31:19).

    Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ look toward an eternity of discovering ever new glories of our God, along with ever-increasing enhancements of wonders already known.  We will never come to a place in our Lord's grace wherein we conclude, "Well, that's it.  We have reached the final destination of discovery, and hereafter we will simply enjoy all  of God we have found."  Inexhaustible divine greatness destroys all notions of such limitation in God.  The more we join the Psalmist in discovering unsearchable greatness and goodness laid up for us, the more we realize there is to know.

    "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple" (Psalm 27:4).

    "All the days" of the Psalmist's life included both his earthly sojourn and eternity to come, as they do for all who trust God.  Knowing that our journey into "the beauty of the Lord" and "to inquire in His temple" promises an eternal voyage into God's glory greatly impacts not only prospects of forever, but also the expectations of this day.  The Apostle John declared that believers in the Lord Jesus already "have eternal life" (I John 5:13).  The Lord Jesus defined this life as to "know God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3).  Thus, we  expect glories not only in the eternity to come, but in the eternity of now.  Our Father gladly reveals His "wonders without number" to all who trust Him and choose to expect that each day bears infinite measures of grace that, while presently limited in our awareness, nevertheless fill, thrill, and fulfill our hearts (Job 9:10).  "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us by the way?" (Luke 24:32).

    An Ocean without shore stretches before us as we make our way into the living God.  Open eyes and open hearts will presently see more than we might expect, while also anticipating the prospects of the Infinite, known in the Eternal.  The Spirit of God beckons us in this day to look, in this day to believe, and in this day to wonder as we presently "see Him who is invisible," and as we look forward to the forever when we shall "see Him as He is" (Hebrews 11:27; I John 3:2).

There is no end to the quest we know, 
forever beckons on.
We soar in skies so bright and blue,
above all clouds of storm.

Yes, we fly into the heart of God
as in His Son we trust.
This world 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.

"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
(I Timothy 1:17)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Thou wilt show me the path of life.  In Thy presence is fullness of joy.  At Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
(Psalm 16:11)








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