Just To Let Thy Father…..

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JUST to let Thy Father do what He will;
Just to know that He is true, and be still.
Just to follow, hour by hour, as He leadeth;
Just to draw the moment’s power, as it needeth.
Just to trust Him, this is all. Then the day will
surely be
Peaceful, whatso’er befall, bright and blessed, calm
and free.

Just to let Him speak to thee, through His Word,
Watching, that His voice may be clearly heard.
Just to tell Him everything, as it rises,
And at once to bring to Him all surprises.
Just to listen, and to stay where you cannot miss His
voice,
This is all! and thus today, you, communing, shall
rejoice.

Just to trust, and yet to ask guidance still;
Take the training or the task, as He will.
Just to take the loss or gain, as He sends it;
Just to take the joy or pain as He lends it.
He who formed thee for His praise will not miss the
gracious aim;
So today, and all thy days, shall be moulded for
the same.

Just to leave in His dear hand little things;
All we cannot understand, all the stings.
Just to let Him take the care sorely pressing;
Finding all we let Him bear changed to blessing.
This is all! and yet the way marked by Him who
loves thee best:
Secret of a happy day, secret of His promised rest.

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Owner and Creator of Everything

The prayers of young children show us what they think of God.  Here are two I read recently:

“Dear God, what does it mean that You are a jealous God?  I thought You had everything.”

“I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday.  That was cool.”

These children are right to think of God as the owner and creator of everything, the One who can paint beautiful sunsets.  But how does God describe Himself?

Moses needed an answer to that question when he was about to lead the Israelites into the wilderness.  He wanted to be assured of God’s presence and leading, so he asked Him to reveal Himself.  In response, God came down in a cloud and said: “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,….by no means clearing the guilty.” He is good; He is just.

We too can know this God and be assured of His presence.  He has revealed Himself in His creation and in His Word.  As we ask Him to make Himself known to us, we’ll learn that He is even more than the owner and creator of everything!

Exodus 33:13 (NASB)

Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”

Exodus 33:18 (NASB)

Then [a]Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” 

Exodus 34: 5-6 (NASB)

The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as [a]he called upon the name of the Lord. Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and [b]truth. who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.”

There is only one way to describe our Father:  He is a Great God and Father!

Whom Do You Say Jesus Is?

Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

The ministry of Jesus made a significant impact on us as a people.  Not only did He draw huge crowds, but He also stimulated people to speculate concerning His identity.  Which brings up the question that He confronted His disciples with as found in Matthew 16:13; “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

Well, the people held Jesus in high esteem, comparing Him to the greatest prophets in Israel’s history.  However, their view of Jesus was not high enough which is no different from many today.

Back to the disciples. After hearing what people were saying about Him, Jesus pressed the disciples concerning who they believed He was. Peter quickly fired back, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus was moved by Peter’s response, for He declared that Peter had not come up with that on his own; “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee” (Matthew 16:17).  He knew that this heartfelt confession was In fact from God.

Also mindful that as unique as Peter’s confession was, it was not the only confession of Christ’s true identity. Here are two such instances:

“The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”  Matthew 21:9

“Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54

Scripture does not say that these other confessions were revealed by God. Perhaps this could indicate that these confessions were not the deep work of God, but instead were the superficial responses of people who were acting in a moment of impulse. There is nothing new under the sun, and still remains the same some 2000 years later.

To truly know Jesus Christ is a special revelation from God.  The better one knows Him, the more convinced we become in knowing that He is God.   So whom do you say that Jesus is?

Its Not A Guessing Game

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NKJV

We don’t learn about the things of God with our natural mind, but we learn them through spiritual insight and understanding. We have two sets of ears: physical ears that hear sound, and spiritual ears that hear the soft voice of Holy Spirit.

To understand the Christian life and how it works isn’t a guessing game. Father God didn’t leave it up to us to try to figure it out on our own. It isn’t some hidden secret that He is keeping from us His children.

All that God has for us, all that He wants to be to us, and all that He can be in us is revealed to us through Jesus Christ, His Word, and the ministry of Holy Spirit. Staying connected to Jesus ensures that spiritual life will continually flow within and through us.