Into the ‘Unknown’

John Eldredge in his book, ‘Wild at Heart’ proclaims, “The spiritual life cannot be made suburban…It is always a frontier and we who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed. The greatest obstacle to realizing our dreams is the false self’s hatred of mystery. Mystery is essential to adventure…There are no formulas with God. Period. So there are no formulas for the man who follows him. God is a person, not a doctrine. He operates not like a system – not even a theological system-but with all the originality of a truly free and alive person. ‘The realm of God is dangerous’ says Archbishop Anthony Bloom.”

Raniero Cantalamessa in his book, ‘The ascent of Mount Carmel’ writes, “The ways by which we set bounds to God’s freedom are so many, and theologically so well justified, that we are convinced we are defending God’s reliability, his credibility, his faithfulness, consistency, changelessness. What we don’t understand in that God’s faithfulness consists in being every faithful to his newness, in ever creating anew, in doing new things and renewing old ones…Above all, God claims this absolute freedom in the way he forms his saints, in the way he guides soul. It’s been said that it is isn’t easy to live close to holy people and the deeper reason is precisely this: in them is manifest the sovereign freedom and creativity of God.”

Questions of the day: Do you serve a tamed God? Do you see your spiritual life as a great adventure? Do you allow God to have absolute freedom over your life?

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