The ordinary God

RICHARD Foster, a Quaker pastor and scholar, says God comes to us not to overwhelm and overpower us, but to interrupt us in the midst of our ordinary routines, on the ground of what is familiar to us – everyday life, the arena in which most of life with God takes place.

“He whispers rather than shouts, gently prompts rather than shoves,” says Foster.

As the great apostle Paul says: we view the awe-inspiring mysteries of life like a reflection though a dusty mirror.

We touch the hem of God’s garment and feel a little tingle of power, but God remains incomprehensible.

So we try to hang on for dear life with perhaps a little faith that God is in control.

And the thought that as long as we are alive we are learning lessons.

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4 thoughts on “The ordinary God

  1. Pingback: The ordinary God | debbiehughett1

  2. From my experience god neither demands nor recommends. God has no needs. God accepts us for what ever we are. Can we do the same though? Accept ourselves for what we are?
    God gave us free will and anything that would interfere with that is unacceptable.
    Religions teach us we have to please god, be on our knees in the dust of the ground. God is jealous creature, who demands to obey hers.his rules. All religion, god demands nothing. Loves everything we do. Has no reservations.
    We have created over the time rules and fantasies about god. Most are totally incorrect and designed to instill fear.

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  3. Funny you should say that .. (“God comes to us not to overwhelm and overpower us, but to interrupt us in the midst of our ordinary routines, on the ground of what is familiar to us – everyday life, the arena in which most of life with God takes place.”)

    In the newsreels of the mangled remains of Tacloban and other ‘arenas in which most of life with God takes place’ I notice an inordinate number of crucifixes and other declarations of devotion to god.
    ….but I suspect the victims would prefer it if ““He whispers rather than shouts, gently prompts rather than shoves”.

    …..and that he brought food and water and shelter rather than promises-promises.

    ps…….and I suppose the clever people who insist that such “calamities” are examples of ‘god-created evil’ will have a suitable copout to hand as to why such evil-“calamity” was visited upon the dead, dying and demolished in this particular little corner of ‘Creation’ at this particular moment.

    I will wait with baited (sic) breath for said apologia,
    ….given the state of god’s world I could use a good laugh.

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