Saturday, April 16, 2005

A Word Spoken in Due Season

It is too easy sometimes to lose sight of the nature of God, and his ever-presence. God is an unceasing consciousness within and over His creation, it's somehow both His essence and His steady attention. He has been the great I AM from before any other "befores," He spoke the world, "existence" itself into existence.

As the very first words of God's revelation to man relate:
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2)

As He created all things of this world and universe by processes far too complex and miraculous for man to ever fully understand, God remained part and parcel of all His creation, and His Spirit continued to hover over the earth and the people He caused to populate it. And from that moment of conception, He has had a third piece fully of Himself, that of He who would be His Son:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through Him, and
without Him nothing was made that was made. 4In Him was life, and the life was
the light of men. 5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did
not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5)

And I am powerfully reminded today that God in this supernatural, wonderful way, is with us all still; He is the same yesterday, today, and all the tomorrows that will ever be, and He remains as present and aware as He has always been. From Proverbs 15:

3The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
Keeping watch on the evil and the good.

There are many ways we can be likewise attentive to Him. We can spend time in His word, we can approach His throne of grace, we can share our struggles and joys with Him. We can join with fellow believers, and fellow searchers and seekers as well, and offer reach other encouragements and counsel, listening ears, open arms, and yielding hearts. Again, from Proverbs 15:

22Without counsel, plans go awry,
But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
23A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
24The way of life winds upward for the wise,
That he may turn away from hell below.

Who among us does not recognize the joy and comfort of that word spoken in due season? Do we fail to notice that sometimes that word is meant to come from us? We know we are to come alongside each other, share each other's burdens, join with others in this very brief walk through creation.

Can God speak to you? Surely He has already; but it may be a matter of where attention is being paid. Are our ways winding steadily upwards, maybe with dips on the path, but hopefully and resolutely turning towards Him?

I resolve to turn to Him every time I lose hope, or think that I am somehow out of His earshot, which of course in reality I never am. Turn, turn, turn. It's never too late. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says:

1 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven

May you likewise find your purpose under heaven as you listen for His voice as He hovers over His creation.


Blogger devildog6771 said...

Very well said. So very true. Thank you!

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