God’s Movement Among Us

December 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Something is bothering King David in 2 Samuel 7:1-16.  Is it appropriate to live in a “house of cedar” when the Lord is only living in a “tent” (7:2)?  However, the Lord likes to be mobile.  He has indeed been mobile, moving with His people, since the days He brought them out of Egypt (7:6).  So David is concerned about something that the Lord is not (7:7).  What is important for the Lord is to be wherever the people go (7:8).  The Lord is the One who takes care of Israel, not the other way around (7:10-11).  God wants to be mobile so that He can be Immanuel, God with us.  Of course, we know how this story unfolded since the 2 Samuel history.  A Child is born to be that Immanuel.  God is not to be domesticated.  He shows up in surprising and unexpected ways.  As the story of the birth of the Immanuel illustrates.  This Advent season invites us yet again to let go of our attempts to fit God into our interests and agendas.  But to trust His promise that He will always be where we are.  His agenda is to take care of us and to lead us into His interests.

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