DayBreaks for 05/29/13 – I Want to Know THAT God
In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning told the story about a pastor he knew who was teaching one morning from Genesis 22, where God commanded Abraham to take Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice. After a bit of exposition, the pastor asked the class: “But what does this story mean to us?” Manning continued: “A middle-aged man spoke up. I’ll tell you the meaning this story has for me. I’ve decided that me and my family are looking for another church.
The pastor was astonished, “What? Why?”
“Because,” the man said, “when I look at that God, the God of Abraham, I feel I’m near a real God, not the sort of dignified, businesslike, Rotary Club God we chatter about here on Sunday mornings. Abraham’s God could blow a man to bits, give and then take a child, ask for everything from a person, and then want more. I want to know that God.”
The child of God knows that the graced life calls him or her to live on a cold and windy mountain, not on the flattened plain of reasonable, middle-of-the-road religion. For at the heart of the gospel of grace, the sky darkens, the wind howls, a young man walks up another Moriah in obedience to a God who demands everything and stops at nothing. Unlike Abraham, he carries a cross on his back rather than sticks for the fire…like Abraham, listening to a wild and restless God who will have His way with us, no matter what the cost.
This is the God of the gospel of grace. A God, who out of love for us, sent the only Son He ever had wrapped in our skin. He learned how to walk, stumbled and fell, cried for His milk, sweated blood in the night, was lashed with a whip and showered with spit, was fixed to a cross and died whispering forgiveness on us all.”
Can you identify with the man who longed for the God of Abraham? That kind of God is clearly spelled with a capital “G”. Perhaps much of our problem, the reason that our Christianity today seems so powerless, is because we don’t want a God “…who demands everything and stops at nothing”. That kind of a God isn’t comfortable. But there is no doubt that He is God and that He will have all of our life or none of it. Will you serve that God? Don’t you want to know and serve a God who acts like God rather than the predictable business-like God of so many churches today?
Whether you want Him or not – it doesn’t change the fact that He is that kind of a God. He always has been and He always will be. The question is: do you want to know Him?
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