Wednesday Morning Wonder


I read a very short “Monday Night Meditation” by Walter Bright. So short that had I blinked I would have missed it. Yet one verse came off the page, wrapped its arms around me, and tickled lovingly. I would like to share this loving moment (or couple of days really) in my own “Wednesday Morning Wonder” –

The meditation from Walter was Exodus 23:28-31: “little by little” miracles as opposed to the “bloody huge right here right now” ones we all usually desire – have a look for yourself – the living word speaks as we each need (which is a wonder in itself).
Walter Bright: “Monday Night Meditation” (http://walterbright.org/2015/05/11/monday-night-meditation-5/ )
Thank you Walter!

One verse was my “little by little” miracle: “This is God here: I won’t get rid of them all at once lest the land grow up in weeds and the wild animals take over.” verse 29

Why am I waffling so weirdly? Read the passage and chapter for context: It’s a “smite ‘em” kind of place. A “do and do not” kind of message. In fact the typical “OT God of thunder and bloodlust” – the one we can never reconcile with the updated and rebranded “fluffy New Testament Jesus”.

Now look again …

“If I give you all of this right now – you are not equipped or ready – you will struggle – you will face unnecessary danger – you will have to work harder than necessary. So I will give you all of this “bit by bit” – one bitesize at a time – easy to digest – easy to swallow – easy to make your own. I love you enough to do this at your speed.”

WOW!

And then this morning the daily facetime verses: New Testament fluffy Jesus:

Jesus said, ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.’ John 16:12-15

Please look again … because what I see is this:

“If I give you all of this right now – you are not equipped or ready – you will struggle – you will face unnecessary danger – you will have to work harder than necessary. So I will give you all of this “bit by bit” – one bitesize at a time – easy to digest – easy to swallow – easy to make your own. I love you enough to do this at your speed.”

WOW!

My conditional enthusiasm (love) and His no conditions love:

Paul: you need all of God and you need all of Him right now!
God: you must be safe.
Paul: I saw this moment and you need to see it too – it could change your life!
God: you must be safe.
Paul: Do you see what He showed me – do you? Look – look harder – see that … ?
God: you must be safe.

No conditions. Unconditional love. Again.

One God. Not the “OT smiter” and the “NT fluffy”. One God the Father, One I Am, One Love eternal. No conditions unconditional love. Always. All we have to do is to “allow”, to ask (and mean it), to have no fear of being “changed”, to have no fear of “being asked to do stuff we cannot”.

Why should we?

Exodus 23 … John 16 … to this page … all the way to eternity: no conditions unconditional love.

And along the way? What about all that “Old Covenant” and “New Covenant” stuff? I wonder if that might that is just another “bit by bit” miracle for our benefit – but “OT God” and “NT Jesus”?

I can’t see the join.

Can you?

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Thank you Walter – this bloggy church just keeps on giving!
http://walterbright.org/

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8 thoughts on “Wednesday Morning Wonder

    • Julie that is a beautiful image. Reminds me of Little Monk – the “one petal at a time” comment. Walking a slow 360 around just one petal, one rose. Thank you!!

  1. “Bit by bit.”
    Bless you for answering my personal question to God that began my day roughly sixteen hours ago.. Finding the answer here when I should be asleep… 🙂

  2. Thank God He doesn’t reveal everything at once or unleash everything at once – I would surely run away from the call! 🙂

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