40 Days On the Edge (Day 22): Glory
40 Days On the Edge (Day 24): Experiencing God

40 Days On the Edge (Day 23): An Amazing Condescension

god If you ask God to reveal Himself to you, He will --- on his terms, that is.  And yet, He need not have done so.  That He is there and not silent is a wondrous thing.  That He is there and entered into His Creation, letting His presence abide among His people in Moses' time or actually becoming incarnate in Jesus --- living with us, suffering, and dying --- is even more wondrous, even unfathomable.  It is an amazing condescension, something analogous to a human being becoming like a gnat.

And it's a continuing condescension.  Not only did God make Himself known to us, He continues to be active in the world and in our lives.  He promises that one day He will reconcile to Himself all things (Col. 1:20) --- you, me, relationships, and a world racked by natural as well as social calamity. In short, he'll fix me, he'll fix it all, he'll undo and make right what has gone so terribly wrong.  And yet He could have justly walked away from it, left us to our own devices.

He did not.  He does not.  He will not leave us alone.  He promises that His Spirit will be with us "to the end of the age" (Mt. 28:20b).  He is not watching from a distance but his "eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him" (2 Chron. 16:9a).

Surely God hides us in a cleft in a rock to protect us from the full weight of who He is.  But He is not completely hidden, not veiled.  He is there and He is not silent.  If you're open to Him, the rocks even cry out His name, the full moon on a night like this shouts "I am here," the road under my wheels points home and Home, streetlights lining my path whisper "He is the light."  It's a noisy world, full of raucous praise and whispered glories.  This is my Father's word.  He lives here with us.  He is with the people who He loves.  That gives me hope.

[The "40 Days On the Edge" posts are my ruminations in light of Stephen Smallman's devotional entitled "Forty Days On the Mountain," read in conjunction with Harvard Landscape History Professor John Stilgore's "Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places."  Both books may be ordered by clicking on them where they are listed in the sidebar under "Current Reading."]