A Christian believer, I enjoy relationships with observant Jews and Sufi Muslims. Practitioners of TM, Mindfulness and Buddhists find the whole idea of a God to talk to problematic. Yet they can be fine, wise people well worth knowing. Some people are not quite sure of who or what they are, but they can have much to offer. Christian mystics peer deeply into life but can laugh easily.
I Invite You to Poke Around these Pages:
Somewhere in the blog are exercises you will want to make you own. And if you have not already bumped into God in your life, these exercises may be the introduction you need. Please, leave your thoughts and experiences.
Moses Invites You As Well:
Scholars who research such things say that Psalm 90, a Psalm of Moses, is written in the oldest form of Hebrew in the Bible. Moses worshiped for many years before there was a tabernacle and never saw the Temple. He begins:
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations. Ps. 90:1 NIV
Since Moses invites you to dwell with God, say “Yes.”.
And Paul talks about Jesus dwelling in us. If you want to be aware of God’s presence in your life, look for where God dwells. Finally, John says,
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:10-12 NIV
They Say that if You Want to Find Fish You Need to Find Water:
Therefore, if you want to find God’s presence you have to look in the place God dwells. So we dwell on love, love as understanding, acceptance, valuing, encouraging, forgiveness and protection. Here we can find God traces of God’s Presence.
Solomon Teaches us as well. In a vision he asked God for a listening heart. That is the literal Hebrew expression behind the English word “Wisdom.” Solomon wanted “a God listening heart” in order to discern what is right and wrong so he could use his influence effectively. Well, he was very effective. I could use a bit of that, couldn’t you? You find the story in 1 Kings 3:1-15.
Like Solomon, if you take the time to develop a “God listening Heart” you will grow in practical wisdom, a very good thing.