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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Expectation


"Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today." Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We have the opportunity to assign to this moment a value. Within the context of this moment in time there lies a expectation determining its inherent worth as a part of the greater landscape of our life. In that moment and each subsequent moment there lies a decision. Decisions, what ever they be, definitively define the next moment, and based on the import of the decision they may define definitively a large portion of the next moments. With this in mind it is not hard to understand why people refuse to move from behaviours and patterns of life to which they have become unduly or habitually accustomed. A belief system, however flawed or well-ordered, will limit or enhance the confidence of any commitment to a course of action. Here we find faith, healthy or flawed every decision has at the heart, a liability, the weighing of the odds, the wager.

We make these pledges based on the promise, the promise that lies in our heart, although in many instances the promise lies as a dormant underscoring of life, the philosophical will make the argument that all realize this promise and act accordingly. In a humorous way philosophy says there are only two types of decisions; those made under uncertainty, and those made under risk. Definitely not an indication that philosophical thought is determinant or prophetic, it is merely discursive. The interesting aspect of this, is that we have no guarantees, the day-to-day outcomes of our decisions are linked to so many variables that a projected expectation as to a direct cause and effect scenario is a preponderate undertaking.

Faith must have its way. Faith is not the crutch from which we gain leverage to ascertain the will of God, nor is there implied that faith or belief in the will of God determines all things regardless of potential will result in a positive consequence. Today must exist, it is in reality the only existence, tomorrow does not exist, nor will it, and yesterday is an irrevocable circumstance of life, unchangeable, regrettable, irreplaceable, only a memory. In memory we see the consequential benefit of decision as it applies to future considerations and understanding healthy and detrimental patterns of life and decision-making. The opportunity to curb and negate poor decision-making from our life vocabulary is what differentiates the application of 'faith seeking understanding' from faith in light of the weight of the evidence showing a preposterous expectation.

James 4:13,15," Come mow, you who say, 'today or tomorrow we will... instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord will, we shall...'
Luke 12:28, 'If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?"
Zechariah 9:12, "Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you."
Proverbs 22:19, "So that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you..."
Nehemiah 9:36, "Here we (I) are (am), servants today! and the land that You gave to our fathers, to eat its fruit and its bounty, here we (I) are (am), servants in it!
1 Kings 2:24, "Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which your servant is praying before You today;

Faith marvelous wondrous faith, in all this there lies the chance, the risk of sin lying at the door. Habakkuk 2:4,"Behold, his soul is puffed up, it is not upright within him: but the just shall live by his faith." I have always tried to be very careful about presuming upon God (in that aspect there exists an issue of faith) not expecting anything beyond the daily sustenance and requirements for life, and in that God has proved Himself faithful beyond measure. There is an area of faith for which I have relied upon God and that lies in the arena of the past and the subsequent results of prior decisions and there detrimental effect upon my current (today) life. Joel 2:25, states, "I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my army which I sent among you." The occasion to act in a rash manner indicative of my past looms on my horizon, in this my faith is exercised to the extreme limits, in the vacillating of thought surrounding every aspect of promise, faith, sin, failure, etc. Faith must have its way and fear must be vanquished, peace must reign, God will be glorified and I will learn, maybe again?

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