The subject of this post has been troubling me since 08 February when I read about Joshua’s encounter in Joshua 5:13-15. It’s not clear to me who this person was that he met, but there was something “other” about Joshua’s experience, just as there had been for Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-6).
Cool word for this – theophany
So what’s the problem?
I don’t have an issue with Joshua, Moses, the apostle Paul and others having these “other” experiences. My issue is that I don’t! I have very ordinary experiences, not ones where I fall on my knees, kick of my shoes or tremble in fear.
Sunday 19 February took me to Psalm 8:
“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned themwith glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!”
What a magnificent expression of worship! And an astonishing positioning of human beings in the grand scheme of things.
22 February – I read a quotation of that Psalm in Hebrews 2 and the extraordinary assertion that Jesus “entered every detail of human life” and identifies with us as “brothers and sisters”. No longer is God “other”; God is one of us.
If that’s true, I’d better kick my slippers off, stop sitting comfortably waiting for God to appear to me is some “other” manifestation, and take Paul’s advice –
“Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2)