In America we couldn’t go anywhere without our GPS. If you drove the wrong way, it would beep at you a few times and then in a loud fractious and disconcerted American drawl say ‘Recalculating’, as if admonishing us for going wrong.
If you read the Old testament it can seem a bit like God is losing his patience with the Israelites, but actually when read carefully it is clear that God is continually doing everything to get the people to turn back to him, for their own benefit. Time after time he reaches out to them and gives them warnings, extra time, opportunities to work together, to love one another back into the goodness of his presence.
‘As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live’ Ezekiel 33:11
Through the Old and New testament we are to play our part in bringing the people back.
‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault ‘ Matthew 18:15
We are not acting out of a lack of love when we say ‘stop, turn back to God’, but acting in the ultimate love, because it is the best way.
‘Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light’
We are all called to check that we are on the right path, and living in God’s marvellous light. Sometimes we need to do some ‘recalculating’ ourselves.
With every blessing, Rev Stuart Huntley, Rector