Finding the Lord
May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
“Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails to find me harms himself…” (Proverbs 8:34-36). Where and how do we find the Lord? Waiting on and watching for the Lord at his doorway to be in His presence refers to the complicated matter of discernment. We know that God has revealed Himself in his Word. Dwelling in his Word is certainly to find him at the doorways of his house. But dwelling in God’s Word involves more than simply a personal reading of Scriptures (even though personal devotions are an important aspect of a life of faith). It involves the recognition that we always read the Bible in the context of the world we live in, and that therefore, we need the community of others (both fellow believers and strangers) to discover how the Bible redescribes the world we live in. When it happens that the Bible becomes God’s Word becoming flesh here and now in the context in which we live, then our spiritual eyes may also open to find the Lord in our neighborhoods and communities.