Follow up to Sabbath Evenings – Qavah’
I am re-re-reading Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. The book takes a look at the 15 songs of ascent found in Psalms 120-134. Peterson uses them as guidepost for the pilgrim walk of a disciple of Christ.
I came across the following paragraph from the chapter on Psalm 123 and wanted to share it with you on the topic of “waiting.”
Too often we think of religion as a far-off, mysteriously run bureaucracy to which we apply for assistance when we feel the need. We go to a local branch office and direct the clerk (sometimes called a pastor) to fill out our order for God. Then we go home and wait for God to be delivered to us according to the specifications that we have set down. But that is not the way it works. And if we thought about it for two consecutive minutes, we would not want it to work that way. If God is God at all, he must know more about our needs than we do; if God is God at all, he must be more in touch with the reality of our thoughts, our emotions, our bodies than we are; if God is God at all, he must have a more comprehensive grasp of the interrelations in our families and communities and nations than we do . . .
. . . We are not presented with a functional god who will help us out of jams or an entertainment god who will lighten tedious hours. We are presented with the God of Exodus and Easter, the God of Sinai and Calvary. If we want to understand God, we must do it on his terms. If we want to see God the way he really is, we must look to the place of authority—to Scripture and to Jesus Christ.
And do we really want it any other way? I don’t think so.
And I smile because I really don’t want it any other way . . . on most days, anyway.