The ultimate question is not self-definition. The ultimate question is not what will happen to our country the next 4 or 8 years? The ultimate question is not what I am good at…and never ask what am I weak at…rather, ask what do I need to improve? Where is the wick to be lengthened not the converse?
It is grounded in my soul and murmured in my heart. The ultimate question is, WHO IS GOD?
God answered to Moses, “I am Who I am.” Since there are no Hebrew being verbs what God was saying…and this is according to a brilliant Old Testament professor Brevard Childs and a good friend who is wiser than wise, Walter Brueggemann, God is saying “I will be who I need to be…with you…always.”
My God listens more than speaks. My God is not looking down sympathetically [which unto itself is condescending]. Rather, my God is with and within me empathetically. Certainly I frustrate God but God never tosses me aside, and I don’t believe the words impatient or rejection or hopeless are God vocabulary.
Of course. I could be wrong.
But I never live as if I’m wrong on this. Because I live with integrity and fidelity. The manner by which I live, at least with effort and intention, is the manner by which Christ lived. It is the power of Psalm 23. It is the promise, “Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” And when that happens—it never doesn’t happen personally—two new realities take over: energy and tenacity.
So I ask. Not what’s in your wallet? But who is God and who are you? The closer they become the brighter the new day and the hope in life and love in living have every chance in the world of being assured.