Monday, April 8, 2024

Orange Moon Monday, April 8, 2024 "Still Waters"

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

"Still Waters"

"The next breath of the present hour comes to us by way of the One who gave us the breath of our first hour."


   God alone exists in and of Himself.  All others require His origination and sustaining of being and existence.

   "I am that I am" (Exodus 3:14).

   "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen" (Romans 11:36).    

    As I write these words, particularly God's words in the Biblical passages above, a great sense of stillness accompanies the truth considered.  Another passage comes to heart and mind, bestowing our Lord's peace: "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).  

    Amid the blustery winds and raging seas of the present world, how desperately we require our Lord to bestow the rest of remembering we did not begin our existence, nor do we sustain it.  "In Him we live and move and have our being… He is before all things, and by Him all things consist" (Acts 17:28; Colossians 1:17).  Is there any more basic truth to which we affix our hearts?  Hardly.  However, is there any truth that we find more challenging to remember and affirm as we face the winds and the seas that tempt us to join the Apostle Peter in sinking into waves rather than walking upon them? (Matthew 14:30).  

    The next breath of the present hour comes to us by way of the One who gave us the breath of our first hour.  He giveth to all… breath" (Acts 17:25).  Whatever the day - whatever the moment - holds, the God who made and sustains us promises to be everything we need Him to be, and far more.  "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end" (Ephesians 3:20-21).  

    By making us, God accepted the responsibility of caring for us at all times and in all things.  He cannot act otherwise, based on His character, nature, and word.  We can believe otherwise, however, and sometimes even the most godly among us do so.  This is written as a simple reminder of a truth that should be most basic to our hearts and minds, but which sometimes is not.  God made our existence.  He sustains our existence.  He promises to provide for all required in our existence, both now and forevermore.  May our faith more and more align with His faithfulness as our Shepherd leads us to the "still waters" of the Psalmist's sublimely simple, but vitally necessary assurance…

"It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves."

(Psalm 100:3)

Weekly Memory Verse

    Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

(Psalm 100:3)


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