As I was doing my Psalms of Ascent study this morning, there was an excerpt by Eugene Peterson that I loved and felt led to share....
"We are not presented with a functional god who will help us out of jams or an entertainment god who will lighten our 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. We would very soon become contemptuous of a god whom we could figure out like a puzzle or learn to use like a tool. No, if God is worth our attention at all, he must be a God we can look up to- a God we must look up to... The moment we look up to God (and not over him, or down on him) we are in the posture of servitude."
Beth Moore goes on to say, "Peterson doesn't mean God can't or won't get us out of jams. But if that's all we make of him, we've missed the true enormity of God. Think about what Peterson said about figuring God out like a puzzle. Consider afresh that God was just as intentional about what he didn't tell us in scripture as what he did. You might say that what is missing and unexplained on the pages of scripture is in some ways just as inspired as what you find in ink. Who else is so brilliant, so multidimensional, and gloriously mysterious that you could spend your entire life studying and never grasp his vastness."
What an incredible God we serve! So often, we try to make God what we think he should be in our heads. Rather, look up and listen. Rely on the pages of the Bible. Allow him to reveal himself, on his terms!
"I lift my eyes to you, the one enthroned in heaven."