Walter Bruegggemann, in Theology of the Old Testament, speaks of the adjectives that keep showing up in the old testament to describe God. He calls them the “credo of five adjectives” and they are as follows: “merciful, gracious, faithful, forgiving and steadfast in love.”
How do any of us ever learn to experience this as truth? We aren’t used to powerful “anybodies” not abusing said power. It must take a long, long time for people to accept this as the very nature of God. I’m not talking about the IDEAS of God. I’m talking about our EXPERIENCE of God.
Perhaps we could start with acknowledging how our experiences with power make it tough to experience God as merciful, gracious, faithful, forgiving and steadfast in love. It’s almost impossible to imagine that a powerful God wouldn’t misuse his power seeing as how most humans manage to do just that any time they are given much of it to use.
For today, practice looking for mercy, grace, faith, forgiveness and steadfast love. Notice it when it shows up. Look for God in the ordinary, see what you notice.