Actually got a little something from interactions with people. A realise. A seen-evident but surprising, or at least – call for emphasis. Applies to all, but particularly for the struggle in believing God – or that much about… God.
Here sayeth: God is gentle.
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
To equate to the readings. Moses finishes compiling God's law and tells the people he knows... believes, since they haven't listened to God much while he's alive – guess what'll be happening when he dies? He then recites a song God 'gave him'. Afterwards to Joshua, explains he should take this to heart… so that.... Words again, not clinical information but a song for re-re-rehearsing, having power to... Held orally in days to come, likely recited numbers of times-a-day, set for 'reminding and receiving' and gaining this power to…
Is God being gentle here? In the rough O.T. times and call? In what reads as jealousy, in love. Anger. Despairing frustration.
Yes, in that whatever God is like – here, God is… always, as.
But one change through Christ coming, is the reception of the Holy Spirit; present, in-us, dwelling, brooding, pressing in… expressing, out of us. This change of position occurred, after Jesus left the earth – 'ascended'. God comes closer.
And gentle, God is. How sad, the impression too-often is God decries the fragile reach of a doubting but grasping searcher. “Pull your socks-up and get in board” impressions, come ringing back from “religion”. Yet, even the intent for deep connection, redemption wrought, fellowship-with – God knows, what woos and wins. God is, gentle. Knowing this..?
So-Great, high, mighty etc. Big and all-other. Beyond and able. Redefine: Strong. But, equally... lowly and humble. Gentle as in, responsive. Could even write 'tentative'.
There's a verse that talks of God in the whisper of a wind, not the storms, volcanoes, thunder.
Looking at Chambers to help the proceedings, how about this… and that gentle, so softly, softly one?
God is looking and longing, more leaning into and all-surrender than right-thinking, about who God, necessarily is? Some-understanding, goes hand-in-hand. But God knows this is all jumbled up in the bundles of 'not-God' talk. I make no apology. What I got from others and hold to: The balances and expanse, of proclaimed overall theo-landscape of understanding, is a highway for God. Significant variants, outside the disputable or not-figurable, are stumbling-blocks I wouldn't be preaching and expecting results, because.
Best I can, respecting Christians with differing viewpoints but see every reason why people don't run to embrace. I wouldn't. Not easily. If I knew no better? Perhaps I could negotiate the stumbling-blocks, but that's what they are. I came not thinking-through but needing-through. More instinctively aching towards. Today, I see how the pushy-God lie has become so ingrained. So “that's religion, I'm into...” called 'my way'.
God is pressing. But God is gentle.