Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Let God be God
Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it. (Ecc 3.14)
The Omnipotence of God works wherever, whenever ... and forever.
The Omnipotence of God, beyond our sight and our dreams, works His will.
Nothing can, or need be added, and nothing can take anything away.
Some day our last step will be taken and we will leave this world to be immersed in Reality - an eternity as broad and as deep and high as it is long, ...infinity - inmeasurable in every direction.
The question is: how much can we see of this dimension today. from the place where we are now?
How much are we able to possess of this dimension now?
All God's purpose in our lives is that we might be aware,
and that we might grow in the knowledge of Him,
and that our lives might be enlarged and transformed by the power of His life within us.
He calls that we might possess the Life of eternity, beyond our human frailties
that we might know Him in His fulness.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
This word is going around in my mind in these days..waiting.
"My soul Waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning." (Ps130.2)
It has to do with the intensity if our desire -
a greater desire than they who wait for the coming of the daylight,
a desire greater than the longing for the scattering of the darkness.
It is an intensity born in a different place, fed with a different longing.
"Lord, I'm waiting on Thee"
"With Him is plenteous redemption' (verse 7)
This is the ground of our waiting.
In Him all needs are met.
What a place, to be actively...waiting, waiting, waiting for the answer God has prepared...
Not looking to anything else, for as the day unceasingly comes again with light so His promise is sure to all who believe.
"Behold I come."(Rev 22.12)
Saturday, July 21, 2018
"I have set before you"... (Deut. 30.19)
It is still true, and it is still the way God deals with His own.
There is a path before us and there is a choice.
It is a choice between unchanging Light and ever increasing darkness.
It is a choice between measureless fulness and utter emptyness.
It opens the Way of Life, or the path to death.
Maybe, because of the multiplication of sources, there has never been a time when mankind has been bombarded with so much information.
And through this the individualism characteristic of those who lived in times past has been lost among the demands for conformity.
Rather than judge things in their own light, our generation looks around and lets its judgment be formed by the norms of a society which is enslaved to the latest fluctuations of what is acceptable and what is not.
We can no longer live in freedom but rather in the "safety" of a world which makes decisions for us.
God's world is the opposite of this one.
God's world is a world where things are unchangeable, and absolute.
The woman at the well saw the Truth and came with a message to the town; "come see" (Jn.4)
Our minds can be persuaded to change in their opinions but that which has been seen cannot be unseen.
She saw and she knew, with a knowledge which was hers forever.
The choice between God's world and this world is stark: it is a choice between darkness and Light, between blind stumbling and seeing an unfailing LIGHT.
There is a turning away from, and there is a turning toward.
God allows us, in a way, repeat the work of creation and separate the light from the darkness.
The door is opened for us to be, in unchanging reality, the children of LIGHT. There is illumination for all our days, and all our ways, through the Light that ever increaseth, and never faileth.
"The Lord shall be thine everlasting Light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended." (Is.60.20)
Friday, July 13, 2018
Beyond the Flesh
"O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come." (Ps. 65.2)
Maybe it helps to read it backwards....All flesh shall come unto Thee, O Thou that hearest prayer.
It doesn't say "all spirits come", or "all hearts come"- It speaks of the flesh.
To me it speaks of our mortality, of our weakness.
It speaks of the flesh, weary and insensitive.
It speaks of our self-absorbed confusion,
and it speaks of our headstrong blindness.
It speaks of the flesh which attempts so much and yet achieves so little.
It speaks of the flesh whose strength is never sufficient to carry us through.
In short, it speaks of the clay-fettered spirit of us all.
But the verse opens a door ... to this poor limited flesh it says "Come."
This weakest of flesh can look upon something beyond itself.
In the immensity of God there is an acceptance, no part is excluded.
All the height and depth, and length and breadth of our limitations can be brought and left with the Creator.
There, where all human resources have come to an end, God awaits us. He "hears" says the verse, and calls us to reach forth to His mercy and His resources.
When He hears He acts, and we are not alone.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Come ... In Earth
"Come ... in Earth" (Lk. 11.2)
This seems to be the missing element in our praying and our living
We hear prayers , and perhaps pray prayers, in desperate situations, ending with the words "ïf it be Thy will."
And those closing words are really nothing more than an excuse for our lack of faith, of knowledge, of will.
It is so easy to profess so much, and yet know so little
'We have not wrought wrought any deliverance in the earth." (Is 26.18)
"Come" until we find ourselves out beyond the reach of all earthly kingdoms and all earthly conditions..
"Come" with all I am - and all I lack; with everything that I have and everything that I don't have.
Come with all, all, all that I am concious of.
On earth there are many things which are distant from where we live - a distant truth.
Suffering is a distant suffering ...another's suffering.
Faith is a mental thing distant from reality.
Even the words we find written in the Bible ...distant ...separated from where we live our daily life, from our feelings, from our thoughts.
And life goes by day by day, a day at a time, a day at a time.
All things are distant until they become personal.
When it becomes my pain,
when it becomes my revelation - only then is it real.
Then, then, we can pray and ask God to do in earth as in heaven.
Deep calleth unto deep ... how deep are the infinite depths of God?
God calls us to the depths of eternal things ...to respond to a Reality which this world knows nothing about.
To seek and to find the One Who "worketh all things." (Eph 1.11)
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