From: Charlene Hong
As I have just begun my journey in seminary this past semester, I am reminded again that the best practices of theology ought to help me know and love Jesus more. In the vein of reading Scripture to this end, I find that today's passages remind me of a few of God's attributes: His might, His faithfulness, His holiness and righteousness, and His peace.
In the dramatic Psalm 78, the psalmist remembers both God's righteous anger and faithful provision toward the Israelites in need of rescue. Though many Psalms recall the Israelite exodus from Egypt, Psalm 78 specifically notes that God's anger was kindled against the Israelites "because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power" (v. 22). Although I often find it so tempting to look upon the Israelites with judgment (and face-palm every time they don't trust God after seeing His miracles), I know that I so often do the same thing. I have seen God provide for me in so many ways and have experienced the life-changing good news of my reconciled relationship with him through Christ. However, my trust in him at any given time is, unfortunately, a different story. I am so often tempted to doubt His goodness and provision, so prone to anxiety and panic. I am forced to resonate with Israel's experience and repent time and time again. But thankfully, God in His holiness (as we see in Numbers), also prepared for us Jesus, in the line of Melchizedek, who is the king of righteousness as well as of peace (Hebrews). What a mystery it is that God's power is not diminished by His mercy, nor is His compassion less compelling because of His omnipotence. What a great gift indeed!
I am a first-year seminary student and a part-time staff worker in campus ministry. After six years in Boston, I finally have a Massachusetts driver's license.