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Keeping God Absent

Friday, February 27, 2009

Keeping God Absent

I want more of God's presence.  But how? What do I need to do?  Where do I need to go?  How do I need to pray? On what Scriptures must I meditate? What books do I read?  What Christian band must I follow? What preacher do I follow? What conference must I attend?  What Church must I join? What type music must I listen to? To what podcasts must I subscribe?  How do I get more of God's presence into my life?

My struggles. You? 

I'm still learning that God does His own thing. The Psalmist put it this way, He "does whatever pleases Him."  This sets the terms of my relationship with God. He is not my personal assistant. He doesn't grace me with His presence at my every beck and call. Though I wish He would. Faith would be easier then.

God intervenes when He wants to intervene. He moves when He wants to move. He provides on the timetable in which He wants to provide, according to His glory and for my greater good, not for my comfort and convenience.

I like C.S. Lewis' approach.  But he reveals the best way to assure God's absence. "Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health and (above all) on your own grievances.  Keep the radio on [and TV, and Computer, and Ipod, and Iphone]. Live in a crowd Use plenty of sedation.  If you must read books, select them carefully. But you'd be safer to stick to the papers.  You'll find the advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or snobbish appeal."

Touché.

           
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