The Old Testament prophets taunted the nations around Israel for having gods made of wood and stone. “If they fall over,” the prophets said, “you have to go help them stand up. What kind of god is that?”
“If your god wants to go anywhere, you have to put in the back of your wagon and haul him around. What kind of god can’t walk around?”
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One of the most astonishing revelations about God in Scripture is we have a God who moves. His Spirit broods over creation. He walks in the garden with Adam. God drops in and has dinner with Abraham. He confronts Moses on the mountain and leads Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land in a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.
In the Psalms, God can be far off or He can draw near. God, it seems, was always out walking around.
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We shouldn’t be surprised to discover His Son, Jesus, was the same way. Jesus wasn’t much for staying in the same place too long. In one of the earliest stories, Peter finds Jesus and tells Him the crowd is waiting for Him. Jesus tells Peter they need to go to the other villages and preach there. If you look at the maps in the back of your Bible, you’ll find one tracing the travels of Jesus during His ministry. You’ll find several squiggly lines between Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee. He might not have gone too far from home, but Jesus was always on the move.
Nothing has changed. The Spirit is just as restless. Look at those maps in the back of the Bible, follow the missionary journeys of Paul and you’ll see multi-colored, squiggly lines all over the Roman Empire. The Spirit didn’t stop there. From Rome to Europe and from Europe...
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