The house of light.
The storehouses of hail and snow.
The place where lightning and wind are cast abroad.
The father of rain and dew.
The womb of winter, with its ice and heavenly born frost. (Reference job 38 for more.)
Only God knows these places and ways. They are marvelous concepts to ponder. Beautiful words that beckon understanding. Yet who among us can hope to grasp their full meaning. The fullness of them belongs to God alone.
As marvelous as they are, there is one more mystery I went to present before the Living God and His Holy Christ. And in my presentation, I found a similarly mysterious quality. So I write it here. Let my fellow man ponder it while I wait for an answer.
(Shall the answer come from the Holy Spirit of God, directly to my soul? Or shall he send the testimony of a man, to humble my soul? I will know I have received, when I see it appear in my will to obey. Regardless its source of arrival, there will be joy and praise to God.)
“Where is the storehouse of determination?”
With righteous expectation, the Holy Lord commands all men to become holy before his sight. And he does not ask too much! For he willingly gives the strength to overcome the wickedness of this place of testing. Let us be willing to confess, that it is we who do not provide his rightful expectation.
He has promised that a man may go to him for wisdom, with full expectation of receiving. By this he provides the tools to accomplish His Holy will among men.
But I find a mystery at work in this. Why do so few accomplish his rightful expectation? And what strength do those who overcome employ? The answer has come to me in the form of a question. “Where is the storehouse of determination?”
The Holy Son of God knew where it was. And from it he drew consistently. For he was found fully pleasing before his Father, the Living God.
It is as if each man lives in a spacious place. It is as if his own land. God Himself commands us to farm this place and to keep it in good order. It is His righteous and Holy expectation that we obey.
But what should a man say if he finds a task he cannot accomplish? Perhaps a rebellious tongue abides on his own land. Perhaps his besetting sin grows weeds faster and taller than the righteous crop expected.
Frustration attends the man’s land as if a rebellious servant. What hope does such a man have to accomplish the righteous holy will of his God? Such a man needs another tool. Such a man needs determination!
He has seen that others have it. He has also perceived his own lack. Yet he knows that God is faithful to provide. So he has searched among his things to find determination. Still his farm proves his lack.
With the little time God gives us in our life, do we have time to search the vastness of our own land? And what should we say, if in our search, we have not found the means to obey? Time grows short and we are bound to appear before him. “Do I dare appear with a lack?”
God has required it of him. God is just in all his expectations. But where is the storehouse of determination? And it must be a storehouse for it is not a singular tool! It is a constant, overflowing, and endless resource. Therefore there must be a storehouse of vast potential. But where is it?
Who has found this place on his own land? It is he who has succeeded to give the Living God his rightful expectation. It is he who can be relied upon with excellent faithfulness. It is the kind of man who receives all the excellent titles, both from God and man. It is he, of whom it can be said, “This one has accomplished”, or “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.
So I ask again, with a hope of mist around me, that some man may answer me. Or that God himself will lead me to it. “Where is the storehouse of determination?”
By His Grace