Two truths about this incident demand our attention. We marvel that Israel's patience
grew so short the people couldn't wait forty days before they gave up on God and asked
for a visible sign of some other deity like the golden calf. How long are you willing to
wait on God when he puts your plans on hold or interrupts your schedule? Do you get
restless and doubt when he makes you bide your time?
Even more critical is the idea that we must have a leader to follow -- someone to guide us
in the right path. Many Americans think they have to have an inspiring president to lead
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.