Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A light unto my path

Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba and prayed to the Lord, the God who lives forever. Genesis 21:33

As I wander through the pages of Genesis, I understand that it is important not to get too bogged down in the cultural trappings (trippings) and the very uncomfortable behavior of the men and women of the LORD God.  Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Hagar, Ishmael, Abimelech. Names that thousands of years later anxious fourteen-year-olds are memorizing for Mrs. O’Hair’s Old Testament final tomorrow morning.

Genesis and the rest of the Bible is the story of God revealing Himself to man. And a very big point is clarifying to man that he bought into Satan’s lie that you shall be like gods, and what a very big lie that is. And man is petty and selfish and violent and did I say petty?

But outside of himself there is Another. Walking alongside of him and showing Himself in little glimpses. Well, He shows Himself in great big massive universal gloryness and we perceive small glimpses. Of doing what He promises. Of bringing joy. Of having a Big Plan Through Time.  Of grace. Of kindness. Of faithfulness.  

Not all those who wander are lost.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.