"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: November 1

“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay and thou our potter; and we are the work of thy hand” ~ Isaiah 64:8

Here is a “many-colored stone” which we can only see in part now, because “we see through a glass darkly.” “But now, O Lord, thou art our father ..” Isaiah foresaw Christ more clearly than most of us see Him now that He has come. But the prophet did not, I [Eugenia Price, the author] believe, refer ot the place we have as sons and daughters now, by faith in Christ. This would not have surprised old Isaiah, I’m sure. Anyone to whom God revealed His future actions as clearly as He revealed them to Isaiah (Isaiah 53) would not have been at all surprised to learn that God had this intimate Father-son relationship in His lovely plan for us through Christ.

And yet, Isaiah is declaring our general child-position because God, the Father, created us. I have heard that Christians have bitter arguments over this point. How this must hurt the Father’s heart! Because whether or not Isaiah meant a Father and creation relationship, or a Father and son relationship, the Father’s heart remains the same.

I am no authority on these points of theology. But I do know that “we are all work of [His] hand” and that even though we are now in Christ, we are still much in need of being worked over by His creative and re-creative touch.

Our closeness to God through faith in Jesus Christ should only cause us to long to be more like the Creator-God’s original desire for us. He did create us. He is still longing to bring us to perfection. Hand Him your heart. The pressure of His dear fingers on the hard places may bring pain at first. But if we are not willing to bear this pain at first. But if we are not willing to bear this pain at the touch of His hand, we are wasting the Calvary-pain in His heart for us.

“It is the Lord; let him do what seemeth him good.”

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