Monday, August 06, 2007

Logos -- Genesis 15:1-6

One of the lectionary readings for this week is from Genesis 15:1-6.

He brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be."
And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.
verses 5 and 6
This is God speaking to Abram, trying to get him to understand the vastness of God's plan for him -- the extreme nature of God's gift for him.

How often are we like Abram? How often do we fail to even come close to an understanding of how radical or extreme God's plan and God's gifts to us are? Count the stars, if you are able to count them...

We are not able to count the stars or to begin to imagine the love that God has for us. So we make up rules, we misrepresent what God will do, we judge him, we fail to attempt to reach out in relationship with him.

We won't even come out of the tent to turn our eyes heavenward and acknowledge the present of God or his gifts. We just stay under the canvas and kick the dirt around, thinking that we know all that there is to know, since we can describe the color of the tent.

Look up -- see the wonder that is God.

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