Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Beyond Our Need
It has been said that there is a way of thinking in the western world,
which declares everything to be connected by cause and effect -
and if we only apply ourselves we can make of our world what we want.
Also it is said that there is a way of thinking in the eastern world,
which says that everything is chaotic, without order,
and there is nothing can be done,
except to try to cooperate with the chaos
in order to affect the outcome a little bit.
The Christian lives in a spiritual world where God the Creator dwells.
And it is God, and God alone, Who determines the movement
and the outcome of things on earth.
It is God Who determines the outcomes of our lives.
There is a phrase which resounds within me this morning, "He is the Creator."
"All things were made by Him." (Jn. 1.3)
John starts his gospel record, not with the account of the earthly story
but by first presenting the heavenly context.
What happens on earth is the outworking of the Heavenly Kingdom,
of the thing which God wills to do.
Sometimes it is necessary to lift our eyes,
until we no longer see the earthly workings of things,
until we see far above and beyond these things
that there is a God -
"Who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will." (Eph. 1.11)
Unless our lives are grounded in this truth we will be like
"a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." (Jas. 1.6)
This is Surety - this is Rest.
Here is Purpose - and Here is Fulfillment.