Me: Hey God!
God: Hello Matt. So nice to hear your voice. What’s on your mind?
Me: Feeling a little cooped up these days. Work from home. Stay at home. Barely leave home. Some days are better than others. Today has been a tough one.
God: So, you’re wondering when this is all going to end?
Me: That would be nice :-).
God: Do you think you’re ready for it to end?
Me: I’m sure ready for it to be over.
God: Really? You and everyone else?
Me: Well, I know everyone would like it to be over.
God: I’m not convinced y’all are ready. You said it yourself. There is a lot of stuff going on in the world. You have some hard conversations ahead of you. And, I don’t just mean you, Matt. I mean everyone.
My kids can’t seem to get along with each other these days. Everyone has to be right, and for them to be right, someone else has to be wrong. You’re not listening to each other. And a lot of people are putting words in my mouth. I really don’t appreciate that.
Me: Putting words in Your mouth?
God: Yes! They are saying all kinds of things to claim I support their perspective on things. To prove they are right and others are wrong. They’re not telling sharing the whole story. They are cherry-picking My words to suit their needs. Not everyone. but a lot of people. And some just don’t say anything at all. I’m not too fond of that either. It’s hard to be My witness when you don’t open your mouth and share your story. People get to know Me through you.
This isn’t new, by the way. Y’all have been acting like this for centuries. It’s a good thing I am patient and forgiving.
Me: Can’t argue with that.
God: Good. That means you are learning. Use My words to understand My words. Then, share My words.
If you see it once in the Bible; look for it elsewhere in a different verse or a different book. If you see Me say the same thing over and over again, and in both the Old and New Testaments, figure I think it’s pretty important for you to know.
And, don’t take My words out of context. I hate it when that happens.
Use Me to understand Me; My words to understand My words. It’s not that complicated.
Remember 2 Timothy 3:16-17? They are all My words, and they are useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training, so that you may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Me: Oh yeah, I remember that from Confirmation Class? And “rebuke” …. that’s a fun word.
God: You remember that from your Confirmation Classes back in the 1970s? Remember, you’re talking with God here. Don’t make me rebuke you. 🙂 Yes, I know you’re a word geek.
Me: Okay, I remember it from when our girls were going through Confirmation.
God: Yep. Sounds about right. You had fun going through Confirmation with them. I remember that. It helped you get excited about our relationship again. That made Me happy.
Me: You know, I forgot my Confirmation verse. Still embarrassed about that.
God: Yes, I do. But I also know that you adopted a new one, and I really like the one you chose. It suits you well. Both your strengths and your weaknesses. That’s why I gave it to you. You needed it.
Me: 1 Peter 3: 15-16: 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
God: Don’ty forget what comes next” 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
Me: Oh. I remember verse 17. I think about it a lot these days. Thanks for giving me that new Confirmation verse, by the way.
God: Don’t mention it. You asked; I answered I’m glad you liked my answer … this time.
And, hey! I know I still haven’t answered your question yet: Why I’m keeping people at home these days and when it’s all going to end.
We’ll keep going on that tomorrow. I kinda liked where our conversation was headed today. I didn’t want to stop your momentum.
Me: Absolutely. Thanks for, well, for being You!