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has as great a thing as this ever happened?

Leaning into the PastTHURSDAY
Reflection 4 of 10


Ask questions. Find out what has been going on all these years before you were born. From the day God created man and woman on this Earth, and from the horizon in the east to the horizon in the west—as far back as you can imagine and as far away as you can imagine—has as great a thing as this ever happened? Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? Has a people ever heard, as you did, a god speaking out of the middle of the fire and lived to tell the story? Or has a god ever tried to select for himself a nation from within a nation using trials, miracles, and war, putting his strong hand in, reaching his long arm out, a spectacle awesome and staggering, the way God, your God, did it for you in Egypt while you stood right there and watched?

You were shown all this so that you would know that God is, well, God. He’s the only God there is.

He’s it. He made it possible for you to hear his voice out of Heaven to discipline you. Down on Earth,
he showed you the big fire and again you heard his words, this time out of the fire. He loved your ancestors and chose to work with their children. He personally and powerfully brought you out of Egypt in order to displace bigger and stronger and older nations with you, bringing you out and turning their land over to you as an inheritance. And now it’s happening. This very day.

Deuteronomy 4.32-38 | MSG



Okay, enough of blasted Horeb.

Look further back, Moses tells us.
Fire up your imagination.
Turn on that HD.
See it wide screen.
Look at the unstoppable, unyielding, “resistance-is-futile” flow of Life through all of history, and then watch that unstoppable stream flow right into and through your own life. Watch how it would propel you forward, as you are, with all you’ve brought, all is carried towards Life, deepening as it goes.

So much Life.

Let Paul’s words help you – in the midst of so much pain from the past and so much cynicism and skepticism over the unfolding present – soak in this a bit:

Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right. All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.  Romans 5.18-21 | MSG


As you consider life – in all three tenses of past, present and future, do you see yourself as optimist or pessimist or __________________? Why?


Living God, let me carried away today with the unstoppable flow of Life! Drown my darker pessimisms in its waters, and raise them faith and vision renewed. Give fresh lenses for the day. Through Jesus.



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