"I am.." but who am I to you
Welcome to this week's blog! Take a moment to watch the following video :
Keep the following questions in mind :
- Who is God?
- What do you believe about the being and nature of God?
Okay now let's get into this weeks message
The question with which we stood still for the last Sunday was that most elusive of thoughts, ‘Who is God?’. Through the well-known passage of the ‘Golden Calf’, found in Exodus 32: 1-14. We spoke on the manner in which our personal desires and needs tend to shape the way in which we think about God’s nature and identity. God becomes a figure created to serve our agendas.
We often want to dictate and prescribe the manner in which God should be present and active in our lives and the world is a truth which is difficult to deny and when we are confronted with the mysterious ‘I am…’, that resides at the core of the Divine’s person, we are left shaken and disturbed. Exodus 32 seems to be less a text about the dangers of worshipping other gods and more a text about the dangers of shaping our own false God, dictating to God that He/She/It can only exist in this specific form.
LET'S GET INTO IT
It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. - Eugene Ionesco
What are my desires?
What is my image/idea of God?
How do my desires shape and form the God I believe in?
Why do we struggle to allow God to be fundamentally mysterious, why do we feel the need to define the ‘I am…’?
WORD INTO ACTION
Let us daily, be it for 10 seconds or 60 min, take time to seriously consider what God meant when saying ‘I am who I am’, how do we make peace with this mystery?
Let us identify those needs and desires, that have such a large presence in our lives, that we have started to define God by his role in meeting these desires and needs.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Indescribable – Chris Tomlin
From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea Creations revealing Your majesty From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring Every creature unique in the song that it sings All exclaiming
Indescribable, uncontainable, You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are amazing God All-powerful, untameable, Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim You are amazing God
Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night None can fathom
Indescribable, uncontainable, You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name You are amazing God
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