I asked my husband what kind of question about God peeks his interest. His answer was that his favorite topic is the changed heart of someone who has encountered God. Mine too.
We call out to God and he hears us. We then press through the veil of our carnality to hear him. Imagine that Adam and Eve walked with God, being in his presence without having to press through carnality to share their hearts with Him. They fully encountered God, living our desire, fully realized.
Unity with God is the highest wisdom, according to the Rabbi. Nothing resonates like telling our story of how our heart was changed by an encounter with God, the antidote to our circumstances. It’s the path to wisdom.
Yesterday someone posted a tweet sharing comments about why God chose the Jews for his favor. I tweeted that perhaps God didn’t choose Abraham but that Abraham chose God, according to what I’ve heard taught in Jewish tradition. The choosing of Abraham was God’s response to Abraham’s faithful heart and desire to know him. God saw in Abraham someone that would be faithful to Him and affect redemption’s story.
God responded to a man with a righteous heart. Abraham’s heart chased after the great Jehovah God. Abraham, in the midst of horrendous idolatry, unthinkable atrocities, was a thoughtful and observant man full of questions. He had to have been grieved at the depravity he witnessed and at the same time, amazingly, he was able to recognize goodness.
I have this picture in my mind of Abraham looking out at dawn and seeing the sun rise every day. I can see him raising his eyes upward toward the moon and stars at night. Abraham observed the changing seasons and the rhythms of life. He was a man who considered his world and realized that someone good had created a phenomenal setting for man to live his life in. Abraham recognized the beauty in the order of things. I can see Abraham calling out one evening asking, “Who are you”? You are a great and mighty God to be able to set all this in order! I want to know you!” And God responded! Abraham encountered God and everything changed for him because this was a living God, the creator of life!
So….yes the Jews are considered as God’s chosen people. Chosen to serve and love God and to be a reminder to the earth of what has been, what is and what will be.
So, why does it matter whether God chose Abraham or Abraham chose God? I don’t know for sure if it does matter in the grand scheme but what I do know is that I’ve cried out and he answered me. I’ve cried out as far back as I can remember, as a child, as a young adult, as an older adult…….and HE ANSWERS MY CRY and IT CHANGES EVERYTHING. IT CHANGES ME.
**Notice to West End Community Group from Cross Point Church Nashville.
Meeting is on for Tuesday, 6/11/13, at 6:30