Thoughts

The purpose of this page is to put down various thoughts or insights that come to me regarding a variety of things from our walk with the godhead to looking at a passage of scripture in a different light. If after reading this section you begin to think about God or the bible differently, then I will feel like I have accomplished something worth while.

“Moses was shepherding the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the west end of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God, Horeb. The angel of God appeared to him in flames of fire blazing out of the middle of the bush. He looked. The bush was blazing away but it didn’t burn up. Moses said, ‘What’s going on here? I can’t believe this! Amazing! Why doesn’t the bush burn up?’ God saw that he had stopped to look. God called to him from out of the bush, Moses, Moses.” Exodus 3:1-3 The Message

Notice what is going on. Moses is at work—shepherding sheep. He takes them to a certain location so they can graze. That location happens to be the place God resides. It appears that Moses did not know this about that location. But whether he does or not, it is not his intent to go there to meet with God. He is there because his work takes him there. While there an angel shows up—at least according to the text—but it doesn’t look like an angel, it looks very much like fire surrounding a bush—that doesn’t burn up. The actions of this undisclosed angel gets Moses’ attention. It appears that God gives the angel an assignment to get Moses’ attention; to which the angel succeeds. While the angel has his attention, God speaks up calling Moses by name. A conversation ensues followed by instructions for Moses.

This incident raises a few questions for me. How many times have I been doing whatever it is I am doing only to find myself near the place God hangs out? How many times have I entertained an angel—the New Testament clearly tells us we do this without even knowing it—having no idea it is an angel? Perhaps another question to ask is how many times has an angel been attempting to get my attention only to have me walk on by without a thought of what they are attempting? A far deeper question comes to mind, which is, what is God’s desire for me that he sends an angel my way to get my attention?

God only speaks to Moses after the angel has his attention. Does this mean that God would have remained silent if Moses ignored the angel’s attempt to get his attention? I believe it does and here is why. Later in the bible God uses a donkey to get the attention of one of his servants—a prophet—that is traveling down a wrong path. After several attempts by the God directed donkey to get the prophets attention, God gives him a voice to speak to the prophet. Forgive the expression, but the prophet was hell-bent on going a certain direction and completely missed the earlier attempts to get his attention. In the New Testament Jesus tells his disciples that he tells stories in order to get people’s attention. Once they are intrigued by what he tells them, they approach him to find out more—and he gladly tells them the rest of the story.

Moses is not out looking for God; but God is certainly looking for Moses and knows exactly where he is. He tasks the angel with getting his attention in order to carry on a very important conversation with him. It says in another place in the bible that God is the same yesterday, today and forever—he does not change. This means that the same God that uses this method to get up with Moses can—and probably will—use it to get up with you or with me. The question is will I be intrigued or will my heart be so calloused by life that I completely miss the opportunity? If my answer is the latter, then I can be comforted to know that God is patient and willing to use more extreme measures—a talking donkey is pretty extreme—to get up with me.

You should find it comforting to know that in the book of the prophets in the Old Testament that it tells us that God has thoughts about us that include hope—a reason for going forward, and a future—a purpose for living.

Perhaps reading this will cause you to become more aware of your surroundings only to discover an angel attempting to get your attention. You will then be able to look forward to an invitation from God to carry on a very meaningful conversation.

Intimacy with God

I saw something the other day that I finally brought me to understand the difference between sex and making love.

I have always preferred the term making love over the word sex. The reason being—for me—is that making love is something wonderful between a husband and his wife. We love each other and desire to please the other; while sex is simply satisfying a physiological need. Stated another way, sex is about me while making love is about your partner. It is the Apostle Paul who approaches the subject as a mystery—the relationship between husband and wife. I believe that this mystery is solved in understanding the intimacy that God intends mankind to have with the godhead. Regardless of your thoughts about William Paul Young’s book, The Shack,” it speaks to an understanding of having such a relationship. Think of this way.

The act of sexual intercourse has long since been depicted by Hollywood as some moment of passion between—in the early days—a man and a woman.

What if that depiction is incorrect? What if sexual intercourse is the vehicle designed by creator God to satisfy a physiological need within the male that is designed to promote intimacy between a husband and a wife? This could be why the apostle Paul says that your body does not belong to you and that wives are not to deny their husbands. What if having a close personal relationship with God satisfies a desire of God’s? Far-fetched? It could be. But consider creation. Human kind is created and given a high place of honor. God actually shows up to walk and talk with them. Once sin enters the picture and that communion is broken, the godhead has this elaborate plan to redeem humankind back to God. Once that plan is completed and Jesus returns to the Father, God anticipates such communion with humankind once again. Because the dynamic has changed—sin is in the world—the nature of the relationship must also change. This means that the physical component of walking and talking in the garden must be replaced with a spiritual component of fellowship. Let’s look at it this way. Married couples who have a strong intimate relationship with Christ will have an equally strong intimate relationship within the marriage union. There is a connection between the two; one that the Apostle Paul calls a mystery. I have yet to completely wrap my brain around the correlation between the two—but there is a correlation.

Conversely married couples that have a weak intimate relationship between themselves, will likely have a weak relationship with Christ. There are exceptions to this of course. If one spouse is longing for and developing a growing relationship with God through Christ in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit—it is a triune relationship—it is possible that their marriage relationship does not mirror that if the other spouse is not pursuing intimacy with God.

The matrix mindset for a godly relationship is spending time daily in prayer—at least 30-minutes to be anything close to spiritual—plus a daily discipline of both bible reading and bible study. This is followed by church attendance at least twice a week—the main service gathering and generally a small group function. If one is to be perceived as spiritual they will also attend all prayer gatherings.

Being unplugged from the matrix does not mean that one is unplugged from such a mindset. This takes time. The idea of building an intimate relationship with the godhead is a very foreign idea. It is virtually uncharted territory in Christendom. The evidence of this spiritual connection will be seen in the increased physical connection within the marriage; which is a natural flow of spirit-led humanity.

Enoch in the Old Testament is an example of such a relationship. At the young age of 300 years old two things happened. First he had a child and secondly he found a path to intimacy with God. For the next 65-years of his life he followed that path of intimacy. Two things followed. One his wife had more children and two he grew so close to God that God took him into heaven without tasting death—a story within itself.