Where do we see God?

I broke my usual habit and wrote two posts yesterday.  This will probably happen more often in the coming months as the run-up to General Convention brings forth a plethora of information.  Both posts were asking essentially the same question.

Where do we see God?

I think this is the essential question of John 2:13-22.

In 1st Century Judaism, God was seen most fully in the cultic temple system.  Jesus, in turning the tables calls this into question, so the Temple leadership asks him to prove that God is present in him.  “Show us a sign to prove your authority!”  Jesus makes an outrageous claim, “Destroy this Temple and in three days, I’ll rebuild it.”  A thinly-veiled reference meaning, “God is fully present in me.”  Eventually, as Jesus prepares for his death, he will promise to his disciples that the Spirit will make God fully present in them and those who will come after them (read us).

I see God in the turning of the tables, in the folly of the crucifixion, in the fussing over church budgets, and in the faithful service of his disciples.  In the highs and the lows.  In the crystal clear and the increasingly muddy.  In the joy and the sorrow.  In the comfortable and unbelievably frustrating.  I see God.

Where do you see God?

2 thoughts on “Where do we see God?

  1. “Where do you see God?” is one of those impossible/futile attempts to put God in a human box, which is the only way that we can begin to start to think about the Magnitude of Divinity. But God isn’t bound by the human concept of “where”, or by the other human concept of “when”. God doesn’t need a map (or GPS) or a clock. I think the real challenge – and solution – is not to figure out “where” God is, but to know that God is within each of us. We have to look within, and realize that we can help put God in a specific place at a given time by the way we live our lives.

  2. Interesting thoughts, Wayne. I see the question of “where do you see God?” not as a limiting question, but one that opens wide the gates. The underlying assumption is that one has to be looking for God to see Him. When we begin to use the God lens to look at the world, we eventually see God everywhere: from within ourselves to within our greatest frustration and everywhere in between.

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