SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 TUESDAYFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. — Isaiah 55: 8-9
Dear Church Family,
Those who read Christian history carefully, often conclude that we create god in our own image. What we create is not God the Father, revealed to us in Jesus, breathed into us by the Holy Spirit. The god we create is an image of what we want God to be — a mirror of our desires, our wants, our failure to see beyond them, and engage the Father of Jesus. We are prone to reduce our god to one who supports our dreams, our political viewpoint, our kin, our nationality and race. We create and worship a god who exists only in our thoughts. The God of Jesus is neither fierce anger, nor will leave us to our own devices. God is both good, and so good as to inflict us when we aren’t. God is not punishing, but pursuing us – to hold us in the bonds of his love, to forgive, heal and restore us. Our thoughts and ways often may not be those of God.
As your day unfolds, think about the god you create and desire – images of your desires, concerns, hopes. What we create is not an image of the God who has implanted His image within. God gives us the option of creating a god we like. But that god won’t leave us satisfied. We’ll hunger for what we cannot create, only God can fill. My thoughts are not his. My ways are not his. When you and I realize the huge disconnect, then we begin to awaken to the God who is.
May the God you find this day, the God you mirror, be more than the god you create. This is a sin we need to name and turn from — to embrace and be embraced in the God and Father of Jesus Christ, who gently and lovingly leads us home. Home is not a future place. It is the place where our hearts are given to God — here and now.
God has equipped us to think thoughts beyond ours, to desire ways greater than ours. May God forgive us for settling for anything less.Blessings, and God’s love holding and shaping us, Fr. Steve