Thursday, November 22, 2007

Be Still & Know That I Am God

There is a wonderful blog I like to visit called Civilization of Love. Here is an excerpt that was particularly poignant to me. (I have edited and added graphics - as usual!)

When we fall into desperation or desolation because of what happens in our lives or because of the suffering of others that we see around us, we need to remind ourselves of what Psalm 46 says: “Be still and know that I am God” (v. 11) and that should bring us comfort. God’s ways are greater than ours and beyond our imagination–as St. Paul says, we cannot grasp yet what “God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9) and we need to remain a hopeful people. We cannot lose faith.

Our human condition always tempts us to put God in clear and distinct categories and this passage reminds us that we cannot do that when thinking about God. What we find so puzzling is that no one says “I am who am,” but rather we are something or someone: we are men, or women, or children, or adults, or siblings, or spouses, or small, or tall, or mothers, or fathers, or doctors, or farmers… you name it! But God is infinite and limitless. Our human categories do not apply to Him.

"But," said Moses to God, "when I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?’
God replied, ‘I am who am.’ Then he added, ‘This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you. ” (Ex 3:13-14)
When we meditate on the greatness of God and His essence, as Christians, we cannot forget also the nearness of God. The invisible God in the Old Testament became man for us and has invited
us to the Divine Fellowship of God and that has to always bring us hope and comfort.


Anonymous said...

Lovely post & thanks for your kind words on my blog..

Soutenus said...

I have been enjoying your blog and the the links are wonderful, too.

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