Sunday, May 26, 2019

Isaiah 40:21-22 -- On Understanding God

"Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:"
Isaiah 40:21-22

These verses point out some flaws in our conception of God.  Worshipping idols and the idea of trying to hide from the Lord are both mentioned as things that just don't make sense, considering the nature of God as the creator of basically everything that we know.

The way we think about God is understandably challenging, because God is both unimaginably powerful and part of everything around us, and also a close, personal friend.  We're not used to the idea of being friends with forces of nature (or more than that), or with our friends being all-powerful, so those things don't always feel like they go together.

As we get to know God though, we learn how much he cares about each of us on an individual level, and how much we need his help to grow and become more than we are... closer to our ideal selves.  And that is what he really wants... for us to be our best selves, and to be happy (and to have all of us hang out with him).

Today, let's talk to God as a friend, but respect him as the creator.  It is a hard balance to find, but we'll get it with practice.  And, while we're at it, let's avoid idols and trying to hide things from God.  Really no point in either one. :)

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