Daily Lectionary Reflection, Wednesday, Aug. 12

“Surely God is great, and we do not know him; the number of his years is unsearchable. ” Job 36:26

A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.” Matt 8:24

The Daily Lectionary leans hard into passages about God’s inscrutable power. Elihu, Job’s one well spoken friend, reminds Job that he is not God. Job wants his day in court with God to defend his innocence. But only God knows what is just, for only God knows all. The duh-sciples haven’t a clue about who they have on board, the man who sleeps, is the one through whom God created the world. So Jesus can sleep, though the storm threatens the safety and security of the disciples.

We are not God. This is basic, but essential, theology. We did not create the world, we are the created. We cannot portend to know God as thoroughly as we know ourselves. God cannot be manipulated or cajoled into our machinations. Consequently, our prayers must be ones that give honor to God, and relent to God’s will, and not our own. It is not a coincidence that Jesus teaches us to say, “Your will be done….” We repeat the Lord’s prayer because we must learn to accept and live into the will of God.

What is that will? It is the matrix of heaven and earth, a following the incarnate one, Jesus the Christ. It is a courageous trust in the one who commands the storms to cease, and calms the waters. Living into the will of God requires us to settle into the uncertainty of the moment and know that God will do what God will do. So come and worship the Lord, creator of heaven and earth. Bow before the Lord in reverence and awe. Know that the Lord is good, for there on the hill hangs the crucified one, the creator of all, the lover of souls, the God/man, the one whom we place our trust and our hope.

Daily Lectionary Reflection, Monday, Aug. 10

The scripture passages bring into sharp focus the judgment of God. While Sodom and Gomorrah has been used in the past to condemn homosexualty, scripture uses the event as a symbol of God’s strong stance against sin. Misguided interpretations of scripture use the passage to threaten cities and nations who support homosexualty. For instance, one famed preacher called hurricane Katrina an act of God’s judgment upon New Orleans. The reading from Peter shows that the judgment brought by God rewards the righteous and punishes the godless. Unlike Sodom and Gomorrah, this judgment reserves itself until Christ the Lord returns in his full glory. So does God still judge? Yes. When does this judgment happen? At the end of the ages, when heaven and earth become one at last. Judgment belongs to the Lord, so one ought to focus upon living a life to God in fullness and not pointing out the poverty of other’s morality.