As the moon waxes and wanes…

We walk by faith, not by appearance (2 Cor. 5:7, RV).

It’s the supermoon lunar eclipse tonight. If you’ve missed it tonight, you may have to wait until 2033 for the next one. Nature is incredible, isn’t it? Beauty and pattern that comes and goes. Planets (e.g. Mars), meteor showers, borealis, and lunar eclipse – all governed to appear and disappear at set times.

And it makes me think – if the celestial bodies are so governed and beautifully controlled by our Heavenly Father, then what assurance we must have that He is able to make all things [in our lives] beautiful in His time! (Ref Ecclesiastes 3:11) .

Came across the passage below a few days ago (for the small Backstory*, please scroll to the bottom).  The verse popped into my head one afternoon as I was thinking certain uncertainties (heheh) in my life.  It reminded me that my life is anchored to One who is unchanging. Even as the environment, politics, passions, and loyalties change. Even if the earth and mountains crumble and the stars fall from the skies. He doesn’t change. And He’ll be there to the end.

And as my eyes turn toward Him (Psalm 123:1), all my worries become trivial in comparison.
(And I’m a bit excited to see how it will all play out in His time.)

(Streams in the Desert, Sept 26th)
… God wants us to face facts, not feelings; the facts of Christ and of His finished and perfect work for us.

When we face these precious facts, and believe them because God says they are facts, God will take care of our feelings.

God never gives feeling to enable us to trust Him; God never gives feeling to encourage us to trust Him; God never gives feeling to show that we have already and utterly trusted Him. God gives feeling only when He sees that we trust Him apart from all feeling, resting on His own Word, and on His own faithfulness to His promise.

…Our feelings may be as uncertain as the sea or the shifting sands. God’s facts are as certain as the Rock of Ages, even Christ Himself, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

“When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.”

[My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.]


*The Backstory: A few friends and I looked into a Bible passage (Acts 8:1-25) about the seriousness of one’s purpose in attending church. And how, if it is for anything other than to know and worship God with other believers, then it is time to examine your heart, and to correct your purpose and motives.
The conversation took a detour onto the search for one’s significant other, and whether that could be a reason. In the end, we agreed that the desire to know and glorify God (through service, through worship) ought to come first. And if our motive for joining or leaving is primarily to seek a spouse, then have you not put yourself and your desire for marriage and family above your desire for God?

Will and Choice.

“…for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13)

Had a good time catching up with a friend this week over dinner. Our conversation turned towards the concept of God’s Will, and Man’s choice, and how these two seemingly contradictory concepts can – and do – co-exist. In the end, we couldn’t quite articulate what we wanted to say, or how we can explain this well to anyone else.

Came across this passage and explanation from Matthew Henry tonight, and I think it helps:

“And because it is God who worketh in you, do you work out your salvation. Work, for he worketh.” It should encourage us to do our utmost, because our labour shall not be in vain. God is ready to concur with his grace, and assist our faithful endeavours. Observe, Though we must use our utmost endeavours in working out our salvation, yet still we must go forth, and go on, in a dependence upon the grace of God. His grace works in us in a way suitable to our natures, and in concurrence with our endeavours; and the operations of God’s grace in us are so far from excusing, that they are intended to quicken and engage our endeavours…

Work with fear, for he works of his good pleasure.”—To will and to do: he gives the whole ability. It is the grace of God which inclines the will to that which is good: and then enables us to perform it, and to act according to our principles. Thou hast wrought all our works in us, Isa. 26:12. Of his good pleasure. As there is no strength in us, so there is no merit in us. As we cannot act without God’s grace, so we cannot claim it, nor pretend to deserve it. God’s good will to us is the cause of his good work in us; and he is under no engagements to his creatures, but those of his gracious promise.

(Still thinking about this. Would love to hear your thoughts and insights on this topic.)