Romans 12:9 ESV
I John 1:5 ESV
Matthew 19:26 (All things possible)
Just like many of you, I have a list of questions I want to ask God, but my theology on that score has changed as I grow older.
I used to envision I was standing in a line holding a list of questions in my hands,
As I’ve grown older I realized God is not Santa Clause.
In a dream I saw the light.
I now believe once we step into the light we will fully be in God and our questions will be crystal clear.
In Romans 12:9 we read, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.”
In the light love is genuine.
Evil is non-existent.
Everything is good. That’s because God is light.
In I John 1:5 we are told, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
There is no darkness.
Everything will be revealed.
My looming questions I still have relate to how God communicates with us on earth. Because scripture talks about the song of God, I believe God calls us…sings to us 24/7 for 365 days and nights.
I hear the words to the old hymn, Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling:
“Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,Calling for you and for me;See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,Watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home,Ye who are weary, come home;Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,Calling, O sinner, come home!“
(Written by Will Lamartine Thompson)
While this is not God’s song, the song God sings to us, the theology is sound and I believe it’s true.
God is calling.
Today I grapple with who God calls out to and for how long God continues to call.
Does God call to everyone even those who do not choose to hear the song?
I know for myself I hear God better when I turn off the sound of the world. When I pray I make an effort to turn off the television, the music, and/or the chosen device that transmits sound.
I hear God more clearly when there are no competing voices.
So what about the people who are addicted to those sounds and they do not ever turn the sound off?
I believe God can do anything and all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). So God can turn off the electricity that makes the sound possible. However, the person still needs to be willing to listen. God does not use force us. We have to be willing.
So, does God continue to sing to us until we take our last breath?
By the very nature and character of God it makes sense that God will continue to sing to us and urge us to come join the party.
I do believe it’s a party. It may not be the kind of party we expect, but if a party is a gathering of people we love, it’s definitely a party.
The song is an invitation to join the party or at least to be on the party list.
It’s a party that includes everyone who accepted the invitation.
When I was in my twenties I took a class and I was taught specific words for people to say if they accepted God’s invitation.
I don’t know about you, but in my case I didn’t say specific words when I accepted God’s invitation.
I knew God was singing (calling out) to me and God was with me (in the Spirit) and a hand opened. I put my hand in God’s hand.
God’s hand still holds onto me. That was many many decades ago.
The rest is history.
Spiritual Practice: God’s Song
Sit in silence and listen for God’s song. If it’s the first time you’ve heard God’s song, accept the invitation and give God your hand.
In God, Deborah