Thursday, January 4, 2024

Orange Moon Thursday, January 4, 2024 "What Kind Of God?"

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

"What Kind of God?"    


    How faithful has God been to us, and to all?  This faithful…

    "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31).

    The God who cannot lie, whose faithfulness reaches unto the clouds, and who keeps every promise He ever makes, has been perfectly trustworthy to each of us from the moment of our conception (Titus 1:2; Psalm 36:5; II Corinthians 1:20).  He has been whom He declares Himself to be, and He has done all He has He assured He will do.  No spot or blemish stains His record of integrity to a human race, and to each of us personally.  Such a performance glimmers with a special illumination when we consider how marked our ledgers are with unfaithfulness to God.

    "All we like sheep are gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6)

    It would be one thing, one wonderful thing, to proclaim a God perfectly faithful to similarly faithful creatures.  But to us?!  We are all felons of the flock that have "gone astray" and "turned everyone to his own way."  Faithfulness to such ones reveals a Lord whose heart can only be defined and measured in terms of grace beyond all understanding, or even beyond all imagination. As the Apostle Paul declared of the blessedness that awaits all who believe... "that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:4-7).

    If some watcher beyond God and humanity existed who could witness the relationship between us, he would marvel at the devotion of a Lord who could be so good to those who have so often been not good to Him (to the degree of all of us being culpable in God's beloved Son being nailed to a terrible cross to suffer and die for our sins).  "What kind of being is this God?!"   The watcher would  marvel and wonder.  

    No such witness exists, of course, but we do.  The wonder is left for us.  How we all need to be more illuminated by the infinite light of God's faithful heart, particularly in terms of the grace upon which it ever shines upon us.  As recipients of such goodness, surely the question - "What kind of being is this God?" - must more and more fill, fulfill, and thrill our hearts.  We feel this way now.  We will feel this way even more in the everlasting to come when we know things so much better of God and His truth.  Yes, greater knowledge will yield far greater wonder in the faithfulness of God to creatures such as ourselves.  "What kind of God is this?!"  We will ask the question forevermore.

"For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

(Romans 5:7-10)

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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