Daily Devotions

Dwelling Intimately with Us

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"Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might." (Psalm 132:8)

 

Throughout history, there have been many expressions of Deism to express why God does not seem to be at work in the world. "Deism" is defined as a "belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it." There are many famous Deists in history: Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, James Madison, Mark Twain, Werner Von Braun, Andrei Sakharov, and Neil Armstrong, just to name a few.

 

To believe in the Bible of the Old and New Testament, is to deny Deism. God continues to work for good in our world. Verse 8, which I quoted above, according to The New Interpreter's Bible commentary, is "a poetic invitation to God to join David on the journey to Jerusalem." While David had to carry the Ark of the Covenant to be in the presence of God, we are blessed with the Holy Spirit who dwells intimately in and around all of us. We worship and celebrate a God who is not indifferent and distant from us, but a God who cares deeply and is working with us to bring justice and peace back to God's holy creation.

 

In your prayers today, ponder the key moments in history while you have been alive. Think about how they turned out, and how they might have turned out differently. I just finished watching an Amazon Video series show entitled, "The Man In the High Castle." It describes the 1960's United States, after Japan and Germany won World War II. The series is both highly entertaining and insightful. Continue by considering what if the Soviet Ships went through the American blockade and parked their nuclear missiles in Cuba? Or, if there had been simultaneous attacks in cities around the world, not just in Paris last month?

 

Now, ponder how your life might be different had God not participated in your life. What defining moments exist in your life? With a group of friends one night I literally flipped a coin to determine whether I would accept a year long internship in Oregon or Florida. It was heads, Florida. That is where I met Jill... Then, thank God for the Spirit's guidance through this tangled world in which we live.

 

Another Metaphor for God

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"But I had calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like a weaned child that's with me." (Psalm 131:2)

 

The power and influence of this passage cannot be over exaggerated. Amidst the extraordinarily patriarchal society of that time, here is a Psalm that was almost certainly written by a woman. Even more shocking, according to The New Interpreter's Bible commentary, "The vulnerable God, whose choices are restricted by the rebellious stance of the wicked and by the iniquities of God's own people, will finally do nothing other than lovingly embrace God's children, including both the victims of pain an those who by their iniquities have inflicted pain upon other people and upon God." Thousands of years ago, when women were little more than men's slaves, a woman writes a psalm that provides a metaphor of God as a young mother.

 

This Mother God, takes up Her children into her arms, and cares and instructs them along the challenging road of life. This Mother, knows the life of pain and suffering, and wants to comfort her children, even as She prepares them. She wants to comfort you and me, even as she works to prepare us for the trials and tribulations of life.

In almost any given moment, most of us have some area of our lives where we are worried or insecure. Prayerfully, remember an early remembrance of being held by your Mother or Grandmother. One who loved you deeply, and made you feel safe. Feel the warmth of her embrace. Remember the feelings of love, security, and peace. Now, picture Mother God picking you up, holding you close, making you feel totally content. Now, talk to Mother God, tell her your fears and concerns. Let Her squeeze away the worry. Allow Her to bring you a sense of peace, that wipes away anxiety, and renews a deep sense of peace in your life.

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