Letters to Jesus (Contrary Spiritual Notions) - 20
The existence of God outside all history is a difficult concept. What we know of God is always within the context of history. History, of course, has to do with time, and time is a measure of our own creation. What’s interesting about the history of our relationship with God is the way our own limitations have forced God to act within our framework of time. Outside of our history with God we have no understanding of Him.
Historically it would seem one nation, one race of people was singled out for a covenant between God and man. In the history of this people is recorded many instances of God’s communications with them – through both natural and supernatural means – but always with an element of mystery about it. Clouds, burning bushes, pillars of fire, whispers of wind, the words of prophets and a voice from the heavens are part of the history of the “chosen people.” A part of that history is also their “stiff-necked” resistance and unfaithfulness to God. Even within the long history of that covenant, including all its mystical occurrences, acceptance of God was often too difficult for these people. That history wasn’t enough. God was a part of that history, but too detached from it.
Enter the historical figure of Jesus. You are the emphatic representation of God’s desire for a relationship with mankind. The documented history of Your existence, Your teachings, and Your actions are irrefutable. What’s more, You offered the previously conceived exclusive relationship to all mankind not just anhistorically specific nation.
I am wondering how much of history we create in order to explain God to ourselves? I am also wondering how much of a detriment to God’s presence in our lives at any given moment is our immersion in the panorama of our history with God? For our part that history is too strewn with failure to be supportive or encouraging. But for God’s part it is not history. It is always now! The “covenant” never was exclusively with the one nation that interpreted it that way. You are my people and I am your God is not an historical statement – it is a statement of the now. Mankind is Your people!