Monday, June 24, 2024

Orange Moon Monday, June 24, 2024 "I Will Look For Him"

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

"I Will Look For Him" 

"The text of the Bible calls us to see God and His involved presence as the context of all things in our lives."


    "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24).

    Life involves perspective.  We make choices regarding how (or how not) to view God, ourselves, others, the world, our blessings, our challenges, and the everyday matters of life.  Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have determined that life must viewed as it relates to Him, and Him to it.  "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17).  We believe as a matter of doctrine, principle, and conviction that the greatest reality of all things in creation and in our lives is the presence and involvement of the God who "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:11).  Of course, we do not begin to foolishly boast that we understand how our Lord does what He does in His working.  We just know that He does so as we affirm the "righteous judgment" of believing the Word of God.

    "I will look for Him" declared the prophet (Isaiah 8:17).  We must join Isaiah in his perspective of expectation and faith.  This requires a frequent "I will" as appearances seem to tell us that God is not present and involved in matters we encounter.  Our imperfect thinking, emotional, and physical processes also tempt us to forget or neglect the truth that our Heavenly Father faithfully fulfills His Word.  But He does, in fact, fit all things into His ultimate purpose of glorifying the Lord Jesus as He works in in the entirety of our lives to involve us in the accomplishment of so sublimely glorious a purpose.  As the Apostle Paul testified, "The things which have happened to me have fallen out rather for the furtherance of the Gospel" (Philippians 1:12).  As we seek to walk with our Lord, the same truth applies to our lives and experiences in ways far beyond appearance, but absolutely near and vital in truth and reality.

   This day will offer many opportunities to "judge righteous judgment."  The text of the Bible calls us to see God and His involved presence as the context of all things in our lives.  Scripture could not be plainer regarding such profound truth and reality.  The paths on which we walk, however, sometimes seem to belie God's promise.  Thus, "I will look for Him" will often be necessary, that is, the determination to establish God's presence and working in all things as our primary perspective.  The way is often difficult, and requires choices that flow against the current of appearance, emotion, sensation, and any thought process that does not align with Scripture.  The rewards are great, however, that is, the blessing of a heart at peace, a mind affixed to truth, and a life that honors the Lord Jesus and blesses others.

"As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness."

(Psalm 17:15)

Weekly Memory Verse

    As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness.

(Psalm 17:15)


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