The Bible knows that the more powerful temptation is not atheism, but idolatry. The hazard is not that we shall cease to believe in God, but that we shall generate and construct gods because they are more comfortable and convenient for us.
– Walter Brueggemann
How comfortable is your faith? When was the last time God touched your heart and moved you to do something challenging and even risky? If it’s not happening, then maybe the god you’re listening to is not God at all. I know that I tend to read passages in Scripture that speak of God’s kindness and love, while the less “convenient” passages about God are not nearly so well-worn. Malachi speaks of God’s presence as a “refiner’s fire” (3:2), Isaiah calls God “a warrior” (42:13), and even Jesus speaks of God as a “hard person” who expects the most of his people (Matt. 25:24). I am reminded of the God who called Noah to do a difficult and unpopular thing, Abraham to leave home and family for a land only “promised”, and, of course, Jesus—who wished so much to save his life, but submitted his will to the uncomfortable will of God—the cross (Mark 14:36).
Is our God too comfortable and convenient? Perhaps we need to listen anew to El Shaddai—the wild God of the mountain top. The one, true God is as close as our Bibles and as near as our earnest prayers.
As summer draws near, don’t neglect the “one necessary thing” (Luke 10:42) – make the time to know the Living God and through Him to become alive yourself!
Grace & Peace,