Daily Reflection: Tripping Over the Divine | Galatians 3:4-5
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Come on now, tell me, has everything you’ve experienced, everything you’ve witnessed, everything you’ve suffered through, been for nothing? No way. I can’t believe it. All of this experience, all of this abundant supply and dynamic outpouring of Divine, Spirit-life – I mean, you’ve all been practically tripping over the Divine, the Miraculous in your midst! Did all of this come from your adherence to a religious system demanding its pound of flesh or did it flow into your midst as you heard and then embraced with deepening trust the Savior? Galatians 3:4-5 |MAV
When Paul asks the Galatians if they have suffered so much for nothing, he uses the word pascho (pas-koh) in the Greek. It’s the verb behind pascha (pas-kah) which we translate “Passover” (which is where we get our word paschal, as in paschal lamb). The Passover lamb suffered and its blood was painted on the doorpost. But pascho simply means “to be affected, to feel, experience, undergo” – whether that experience is good or bad. In the short time since they embraced Christ, the Galatians had had a rich experience, a mind-blowing God encounter, a veritable smorgasbord of the Spirit. They were tripping over the Divine. Paul continues to point out what should be the obvious, no brainer fact that this rich experience came without the “benefit” of the religious systematizers who were trying to get them to go under the knife of circumcision and law – and to express his hope that all they had experienced in Christ wasn’t for nothing. I’m still stuck at the Spiritual smorgasbord. In Christ we should be, can be, will be tripping over the Divine the further we go in Jesus. Spiritual food and drink and company beyond compare. So why do we settle for fast food?
Is your experience of God a spiritual smorgasbord? Is it more like fast food? Or are you starving? Where can we find the feast? How do we find our place at the table?
Abba, you do prepare a table before me, and the cup overflows. Help me to stop, to see it. Give me eyes to see a God-saturated world. Give me eyes remade for your wonders. Through Jesus.
Galatians divvies up nicely into three parts; chapters 3-4 are what I call the “thinking part.” Read both chapters in one sitting. At least once this week. Or twice.
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