Today’s word for May 4, 2011

To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
Psalms 18:25-26

Every time we need to talk about the attributes of God we must be very careful not to try to define things from a strictly human point of view. Clearly it is very difficult for us to take a different approach as we are not God. However, every time we make a statement regarding his nature we have to stretch our thoughts in such a way that our analytical capabilities are able to grasp a better understanding of our heavenly Father. It’s like when dealing with a very young child. If an adult tries to communicate with the child using adult language, much as the adult tries to explain some issues to the boy, the little one will never fully understand what the adult wants to convey. In this particular case that we are discussing today we are the children and God is the adult. Warning! Any attempt to describe God will be incomplete and unsuccessful. Obviously, God is more capable and wiser than any human and he will find a way to break the communication gap. In our case, God describes in His Word situations well known to us so our limited minds can somewhat approach a bit and manage to understand something of the spiritual reality.

For us it is easy to understand that if someone acts with us in a certain way our response may be reciprocal, i.e., there will be correspondence between our response and the observed behavior. If they speak with us, we speak back, if we are ignored, we also ignore them, if we are attacked, the fight back, and so on. God gives us the freedom to set the tone of the conversation we have with him. If we look for him, he looks for us and if we turn away from him, he turns away from us. Again, this is only an imperfect attempt to describe God, but is a useful approach that allows us to have glimpse, however dimly, of his glory. Let us look for God at all times and we will see for sure that he is always close by, or rather, that we are always at his side and we will know that he has never left us alone. To God alone be the glory!

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