Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis Day Nine

Weird is the New Normal:  A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis
 
Weird – “of strange or extraordinary character.”
Normal – “conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern”
  • Merriam Webster
Day Nine – “Will I keep from Abraham what I’m about to do?” – The Lord (Gen. 18: 17)
I don’t know if you’ve ever “thought” about this before, but does God “think?”  The question for today not only has God thinking, but also having an inner conversation.  What is the result of God’s inner questioning?  God decides to tell Abraham what is about to happen, because Abraham is going to become a mighty nation and all – but more importantly, I think, because Abraham was God’s friend (see 2 Chr. 20: 7; Isaiah 41: 8; James 2: 23).
What follows God’s inner thoughts will be a conversation with Abraham about God’s impending judgment of the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Tomorrow’s question will dig into this a bit more – but for now…let’s just consider God thinking about Abraham, and having a chat with Abraham.  Like friends do…
Does God think about you and me?  It is so beautiful to ponder this!  In my morning devotional, I came across a verse in Psalm 40 that stood out to me. Psalm 40 is a gorgeous song of thanksgiving about God’s deliverance.  With poetic artistry, David describes how God heard his cry, drew him up out of the miry bog, and set his feet upon a rock…put a new song in his mouth… (vv. 1-3). At the end of the Psalm, though, David says this: “As for me, I am poor and needy; but the Lord takes thought of me…”  This morning, as I felt weighed down by some things, I was reminded that God was thinking about me.  I pictured myself picking up the phone and calling God, and God saying, “Hey!  I was just thinking about you!”
I have a plaque in my office that was given to me by a member of a church I served several years ago.  Her very talented dad carved this plaque.  It quotes Psalm 139: 17: “How precious are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them.”
I have been known to “overthink” things.  It is just the way I’m wired, I guess.  It makes me smile to think about God thinking…asking inner questions…pondering a conversation with God’s friend.
“Will I keep from Abraham what I’m about to do?”  In this case, the answer was “No.”  In other situations, we humans are just not ready for the whole picture.  Jesus tells his disciples in John 16: 12, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…”  Our all-loving, all-wise God knows what we can bear to hear, and what needs to stay hidden for now.
Reflection:  What do you thinks God thinks of you, when God thinks of you?  Does what you think of yourself match up to what God thinks?

Action:  Set aside time each day to think about God…just pondering God.  Then have a conversation with God.

Related Posts

Recent

Archive

 2021
 March
Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day 13Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day FourteenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis-Day FifteenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day 16Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day SeventeenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis, Day EighteenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day NineteenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day TwentyWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-OneWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-TwoWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-TwoWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis-Twenty-FourWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-FiveWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-SixWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Twenty-SevenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-EightWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Twenty-NineWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day ThirtyWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-OneWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Thirty TwoWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Thirty-ThreeWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Thirty-FourWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-FiveWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-SixWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-SevenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty EightWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-NineWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Forty

Categories

Tags

3 Encouraging Abraham All Saints' Day Apostle's Creed Baptism Be Bold Bible study Blessings Body Build up Build Burden Busy Celebrate Center Christian Christ Church Commandment Communion Connect Four Connected Connect Core Values Core Covenant Dare Disciple Don't Stop Dreaming Egypt Faith Father's Day Father\'s Day Fear Gentle Gifts Give up Give Go Wrong Goal God Gospel Grace Growing Grow Hard Hear Holy Spirit In Charge Jacob Jerusalem Jesus Wept Jesus John Wesley Joseph Journal Journey Knowing God Lent Listen Lord Love Man Martha Mary Ministry Mission Statement Moses Name Obey One Another Peter Pharaoh Plan A Prayer Psalm 102 Purpose Quiet Rejoice Renewal Saints Samarian Samaritan Sanctifying Grace Satisfied Scripture Serving Spirit Sufferings Talking Truths Used Why Work Yesterday accomplish actions action act admitting all ambassadors angel anger answer arrogance ask attention attitude bad news bad beautiful before believe birthright blessed blessing boat body of Christ bold break brothers brother call candle care carry catch change chat children child choice church family circumstace commandments commitment confession consequence content control conversation courage creation cross crucified crying cry death deceiver deceive deception decisions decision dedication defeat dejected demons depth devote devotional die difficult discipleship dispair divine door doubt dreams each other earth encouragement encourage equipped eternity evil excuses experience extraoridnary fair faithfulness faithful faults favor feeling fellowship financially flaw fly followers follow forgive fortune friends fruitful fruit full future generosity gift glory goal good life goodness good grateful growth grudge guide happen happy hard times hardship harmony hearts heart heaven help homes home honesty honest honor hope hospitality human humble humility hungry hurt image impatient imperfect impossible inheritance inivte inspiring integrity intersect jealous judge justice keep the faith keep kept kind knock lament law liar life light live load lonely long look back look loss lost make meaning meditate mercy messed up mess minister missed mission and service mission mistakes moment money more mountain mourning mysterious near need new year new next notice obedience offering open oppressed others outsider pain part passionate worship past peace people perserverance persistent pigs place plan ponder poor power pray preach prefer prepare prevenient price pride progress prophet protect provided provision question race reaction reap reason received receives redeem reflection reflect relate relationship remember remorse repentance require research respond responsible reveal revenge reward riches right risk-taking risky rivers roll call rotten sacrament sad save secret seek self-examination sermon serve service shelter shortcomings sick sign sin situations slove someone else sorrow sorry sow spiritually spiritual steps step store storm strength struggle suffering swine sympathize table talents tears tempted ten commandments thankful thanks theology think thoughts ticket to ride time tomorrow trait treasure true trust unbelief unclean unfaithfulness unhelpful universal unlikely people unlikely places unlikely violence wait walk on water walk wander want waves weep weird welcome when pigs fly where wholeheartedly who why? willing wisdom wise wonder worked worries worship wrestle write wrong years yesterday thinking