WEek ending july 19, 2020
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Gaddis UMC presents the Children's Message with Susan Durden
God Is Like a Tiger
Isaiah 9:6; Exodus 6:30; Jeremiah 32:17, 27; Revelation 5:6; John 4:24
A priest friend of mine went to the missions in Africa. It took him three years to learn Swahili. He was working in a small village when he could finally communicate to his community. They understood him, but one of the men came up to him afterwards and said, "Father, we thank you for all the sacrifices you’ve made to preach to us in Swahili, but you don’t understand God the way we do. You speak of God as out there in the universe, but for us God is like a tiger and we are the prey. Not only does He hunt us down, but we are already captured by him and baptism puts the seal on this capture. We are held by Him and He owns us, so there is not any great difficulty in reaching him. He is the one who seizes us."
The priest learned more from that man, the native, than he probably learned in the seminary. It is just a way of looking at God which is more meaningful in some ways than some kind of a vague, distant God in whom you have faith. We are owned by God. Once you have the faith to know that the Lord will sustain you and keep you and hold you and protect you, you do not have to worry. Faith then becomes the support of your life.
In our Confirmation Class we talked about how you describe God. We did not say that God was like a tiger, we used words like Love, Creator, Spirit, The Holy One, The I Am, Yahweh, the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, Potter, God Almighty, All Powerful, Infinite, All Knowing, Ever Present, Unchangeable, Jehovah, The Everlasting Father, The author of Salvation, King of kings, Lord of Lambs, The Bright Morning Star, The Word, Redeemer, Healer, and The Prince of Peace.
What words would you use to describe God? Perhaps it depends on what you are dealing with in your life at the moment. All the above are correct, you can find references to these names in the Bible. But they are certainly not a complete list of how we experience and callout to God.
John Wesley would say the tiger story is using examples of Prevenient Grace and Justifying Grace. Prevenient Grace God wooing us, loving us, before we know about God. And Justifying Grace when we say yes to a relationship with God or being caught by God.
Once we are caught we are to grow in our relationship with God, which we good Methodists call Sanctifying Grace. Growing to be more Christ like as we live our faith journey.
However you describe God, know that God loves you and seeks to be in relationship with you. There is nothing you can ever do that will stop God from loving you. God calls us to repent and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. When we do, we enter a relationship of love and hope. We are Children of God, forgiven and cherished.
Let God catch us so that we begin our journey trusting God with all that we are. Amen.
Artwork by SM Bittler.
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