I’m amazed I’m getting three posts up this week, in light of my emotional and now physical exhaustion. Though to be fair this post is largely inspired by a blog I read today, and I’m not the type to just re-post something I find interesting. So instead I’m going to remix it!
The good news is…. God is present with us. When Jesus came to earth he was here to join alongside of us in the world lying in shambles filled with despair. And though he left the earth, in a very strong sense he has never left and remains today, as the Holy Spirit inhabits his people.
The bad news is… God prefers to come disguised. He came as a poor baby to an unwed mother. It’d be easy for anyone to say “No – that’s not God!” It would not take much effort to write God off in this form and to reject him.
The bad news gets worse… and not only did God come in a way that was unrecognizable – but we can’t get too used to that image. God seems intent on never letting us believe we’ve got him figured out. Whenever we think we’ve arrived he totally switches it up so that we’re left at square one again. God seems to do everything he can so that we won’t make idols out of what we know about him.
And so this is our fate for the rest of our faith journey – always on the hunt, always trying to build fences quickly enough to contain God, always having our structures shattered from the inside out – never comfortable, never settled, never finished.
I’m beginning to see why we’ve simplified evangelism to showing people how they’ve broken the Ten Commandments and then lead them down the Romans Road. The whole “you can never cling to God, you’ll never figure him out and he will always elude your grasp” is not a great sales technique. There are few laws of physics when it comes to God.
But we do have this – love. We know that God isn’t merely a fan of love – but that he is Love. So we’ve got that, and arguably little else.
But it’ll do.