Monday, September 21, 2015: Daniel 9-10; Ps. 123; Luke 5
Act out of who you are, not out of what we are.
This is how Eugene Peterson paraphrases part of Daniel’s prayer. Act out of who you are, not out of what we are…what great words! I was reminded as I read this particular verse, how adept we humans have become at re-creating God in OUR image, rather than embracing the truth that we are created in GOD’S image. We expect God to act human – petty and small and filled with malice towards us. Instead, we learn from scripture that God is full of mercy – slow to anger and abundant in steadfast love. God is patient and compassionate. For so many, this is hard to accept! I sometimes wonder if the ‘Old Testament God’ is so often seen as harsh and judging because the writers projected THEIR image of God upon the divine. In the New Testament, and more specifically, with the coming of Christ – God in the flesh – no longer did humanity have to project an image of God, for the incarnate God now walked among them; human in every way, and divine in every way. It is through Christ that we begin to understand more fully the nature of God. Perhaps in the coming of God in Christ we learn so much more about the characteristics of God.
I wonder if we were to take these words as part of our lives – if we were to act out of who GOD is, not out of who we are? I’m pondering this today…how about you?