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Knowing God Through Scripture

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How do you know God? What does it mean to know God? We invite you to ponder and consider how it is that you experience God’s presence. A sense of knowing or experiencing God comes with a deep sense of peace and of being enfolded in love. It is often a fleeting, transcendent moment of feeling that we are part of something greater than ourselves. Some of us might name the experience as Love! While an experience of God may nudge or challenge us to a new way of thinking or being, God’s presence always comes with love and with reassurance. An experience of God’s presence will never leave us feeling afraid and alone.

 

Knowing God through Scripture

There are many ways to know God through scripture. There may be a feeling of peace and clarity that settles upon you as you read a particular passage. It might be through reading about the experiences of others recorded in scripture that you come to have a deeper sense of God. It may be the wisdom for living and wise questions that you find as you reflect upon the words in the Bible that draws you closer to God. And sometimes it is in studying, discussing and even debating the words of scripture with others that you come to a deeper relationship with God.

 

This week, we invite you to take time to consider what scripture stories or passages are most dear to you. Which do you remember and keep tucked in your heart? Which ones have supported you through difficult times? Different scripture passages and stories speak to different people. What makes sense to one person might have no meaning for another – and that’s okay. That’s why we have the whole Bible, a library filled with all kinds of different literature from all kinds of different voices, so that in it, each of us find something that brings wisdom, inspiration and comfort to us.

 

Susan’s two top favourite scriptures are:

Ephesians 3:20-21 – “God’s power at work within us can accomplish infinitely more than we can ask for or imagine.”     This brings such hope and encouragement to me.

 

Luke 18:1-5 – I love the story of the widow persistently knocking on the judges’ door until she gets justice. She inspires me. Note: The following verses (6-8) were not likely part of Jesus’ original story but added later by Luke to give his interpretation of the story – an interpretation that doesn’t inspire me.

 

David’s favourite is

1 John 4:7, 11-12, 16b “Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” It is a scripture that guides his ministry, his spiritual counselling, and his living.

 

What stories of the Bible have stuck with you through the years? Maybe there is one that has always puzzled you but won’t let you go. Maybe there is one that has brought you comfort in a tough time. Or one that guides your living day by day. We’d love to hear about the scriptures that have meaning for your life.  And if no particular scriptures come to mind, then that’s okay – perhaps knowing God through scripture is not your way of knowing God.

  • We don’t take the Bible literally – we take the Bible seriously. This means that we turn to the Bible for wisdom, guidance and inspiration, but we don’t believe that every word, phrase or story has to be followed to the letter.  We look at the context in which each scripture was written and use that to understand what is being said.
  •  We don’t believe that God dictated the Bible – we believe that it is written by many different people, telling their experiences of God, experiences that help us understand our experiences of God.
  • The Bible really is a library – filled with 66 books of every different kind of literature – poetry, songs, tales told around campfires, lawbooks, letters, gospels, and more.  Each type of literature needs to be understood and interpreted according to the type or genre. 

 

In knowing how we best experience God, we can embrace a practice that deepens our relationship with the divine, allowing God’s love to enfold, encourage and inspire us day by day, so that we may be a blessing in this world, working with compassion for the common good.

 

This week, be the blessing you were created to be!

With love and prayers,

 

Rev. Susan & Rev. David

High River United Church – a community of help, home & hope

“Just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy.” A. Heschel

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