FaithView February 19, 2010

Joe T.


By Joe Torosian

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings drawn to the brightness of your dawn.”
— Isaiah 60: 1-3

You ever wonder why it takes so long to discover a certain scripture?

Then suddenly, as if the Angels have taken the book out of your hand, delivered it to God, it comes to you again new?

We have our scriptures. We have our books. We have our writers we like. We even have what has been taught to us in classes or during sermons.

We find these words tucked away in crevices of the Bible we would never go to ourselves, but thoroughly enjoy what someone else may have mined out of the law or poetry books of the Old Testament.

Guilty as charged.

But its in these books, the books that aren’t necessarily our favorites we find the new of God.

Rationally we know there is always something new to know about God, but emotionally we convince ourselves that what we have will suffice.

We become content. We don’t want to do the mundane, the difficult work of going places we are not delighted by.

In other words we have the scriptures we have, and are only willing to accept the new ones, thus the new of God, when somebody else does the heavy lifting. When somebody else goes and does the mining.

We know this, but we have to continue to ask it of ourselves: Is it the arrival or the journey?

I’m not attempting to take away the peace of your salvation, but have we placed God at the end of things? Have we settled him in as the arrival, the destination?

And are we forgetting the journey?

Are we losing sight of the truth of God wanting to show us something new every day?

I believe we are, I believe we have placed him at the end, at our destination, and are unwilling to do or see Him in the mundane and every moment of our lives.

“Some people do a certain thing and the way in which they do it hallows that thing for ever afterwards. It may be the most common place thing, but after we see them do it, it becomes different.”
— Oswald Chambers

We need to experience and find God in the mundane of our everyday.

We need to experience and find God everyday in the scriptures that don’t come in a black suit and tie, with titles poetic.

We need to find him in the crevices.

All so he can show us something new.

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