August 9, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
“…God, mighty and awesome, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow,
and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him.” (Deuteronomy 10:12-22)
MIGHTY AND AWESOME: Oftentimes the Old Testament is difficult to read as it seems to portray a God with whom we are uncomfortable. He is called vengeful. We hear of His wrath. He does His fair share of smiting. God the Father seems so angry, nothing like His Son Jesus who spent time on this earth.
We gain a better understanding of what is going on when we take into consideration the time period during which the Old Testament was written, and note the prevailing perceptions of the time. Nonetheless, the Old Testament can prove challenging for us.
But today in Deuteronomy, we get a glimpse of the kinder, gentler God with whom we are more familiar in our everyday lives and experiences: The God who “executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him.”
This is the God to whom we can relate. It is the God we pray to when we are facing our own challenges, when we are the ones in need of justice. It is the God whose comfort we seek when we feel alone, spiritually or physically hungry and naked.
It is also the God who challenges us to provide the same for others.