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Isaiah 6:1-8.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”(Isaiah 6:8)

It is generally accepted in Western Existential Philosophy that we humans have a need to find meaning. That is true. There always has to be a cause for something. We struggle to understand things that have happened. We question how God can allow suffering.

But balancing that is the need to accept uncertainty. Because life is uncertain. This is a base philosophy of Buddhism. And the Buddha was right, life is uncertain and we need to learn to accept that.

This is what God taught us in the Bible. If you read it you will find no shortage of references throughout the Old and New Testaments that support that view.

FAILING TO ACCEPT GOD AS SPIRIT

When we fail to accept uncertainty, we struggle to accept the Spirit World. We fail to accept God as He is.

There is a great spiritual hunger today amongst people, particularly those of Western culture. Yet people do not see the answer to that hunger in Christianity. More on that later.

SPIRITUAL HUNGER AND THE SEARCH TO FILL IT IN THE WRONG PLACES

The spiritual hunger that people feel today is expressed in the popularity of many alternative practices, the prevalence of recognised “spiritual” symbols to give a pseudo spirituality such as Buddha statues, Prayer flags, Dream catchers. 

People embrace these symbols but not the meaning that they represent. The consequence is they still feel empty. How many people fill their lives with excessive consumption, the hoarding of wealth, the hatred of those who are “different”, and the latest trendy practice. They drink to excess, they take recreational drugs, they partake in malicious gossip. All this is an attempt to fill the emptiness and cover over the pain of that emptiness.

WE ONCE HAD RICH SPIRITUAL CULTURES

Yet western cultures were rich and deeply spiritual. 

WHAT HAPPENED?

Our way of being in the world had all the richness of spirituality taken out of it, particularly over the 19th century. Our “God shaped hole” we often talk about is spiritual. When everything is turned into evidence based and analytical our God shaped hole doesn’t fill up. 

HOW ARE YOU IN THE WORLD?

Many modern Christian writers, such as John O’Donohue, seek to challenge the way we are in the world. Instead of the rabid phobia so many are being taught to have around spirituality and human cultures steeped in spirituality, we should be evaluating how we are in the world. 

We should be seeking the richness of our past cultural observances. 

In our rush to become modern a century ago, we threw too much away. Throwing away what gave our lives richness and meaning. 

WHAT JESUS TAUGHT

When Jesus taught people, He taught from a place of long history of ancestors of the Jews. He taught from a richness and spirituality that many in his time struggled to understand. 

There has always been a tendency to try to contain God. To put Him in a box that we have control over. Because God is not certain. And we see uncertainty as unsafe. As the Beaver said in ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ “He’s not safe, but He is good.”

There has always been a tendency to fear the uncertainty in life, preferring instead to seek out a meaning that we find palatable.

MEANING AND UNDERSTANDING

But meaning doesn’t mean understanding. It means accepting who we are in the world with all the uncertainty of life. It means knowing who we are with that uncertainty.

Meaning and Uncertainty co-exist very well when we accept uncertainty. The best way to do that is to hand it over to God.

In our efforts to contain God we deny the spiritual because we have no control over the spiritual world. Instead we try to box God into legalistic frameworks based on fear of “losing our salvation”.

We don’t trust God to hold us in the uncertainty of life. And when we can’t accept that uncertainty, we can’t find meaning.

When we can’t find meaning, our God shaped hole empties.

It is time to stop running away from God. 

It is time to stop and accept the uncertainty of life.

It is time to trust God.

It is time to fill your God shaped hole with the Spirit that is God.

 
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