I had just finished speaking with a good friend of mine on the phone. She’s one of the saintliest persons I have ever known. Her life journey has been touching – she’s been raped, robbed and duped. She’s survived the religious violence in Northern Nigeria. During our conversation, a part of her was asking – how does this all add up in God’s story for me?
I bet you have asked the same question at some point in your life. I have asked those questions. It doesn’t get easier when it seems like God is not answering the questions either. When God offends my expectations, my heart reveals what it thinks about God.
While reading the book of Exodus, I noticed that after the Isrealites got into the wilderness God introduced the guidelines for everyday living and worship. Like most people, reading through the numerous requirements for setting up the tent, ordaining the High Priest, purification, sacrifice, atonement and so much more can be quite overwhelming. Then you follow that up with the guidelines how they should live – it’s a whole package. But after a while, I start getting the picture God was trying to create in their hearts.