Living With God

The LORD himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Why did the translators choose not to translate some of the words? Weird. So now, we translate the word to understand it. In English, the name of the child is “God is with us”. Doesn’t sound like Timmy, but a name nevertheless.

The Bible I use (although the translation is NSRV) originated with the Renovare community–Richard J. Foster and Dallas Willard and friends–who brought us back into the discussion of Spiritual Disciplines. It is the Life With-God Bible.

They note, “The Bible is all about human life ‘with God’ and how God has made this ‘with-God’ life possible and will bring it to pass….that we should be in every aspect a dwelling place of God.”

The Spiritual Disciplines Index lists more than 100 citations of God with us verses.

I think that is why Paul once taught us to pray without ceasing. In so doing, we keep our attention on God. And how easy it is for our attention to drift into our emotions or desires.

And we take this life with-God into our daily tasks. It may be a little out of context, but a Zen master from years ago said, “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

We still work in our daily lives, but it is now all different. We have new focus. New energy. New attitude.

That is why we practice disciplines. They help us along the way. How do we live the with-God life? By practicing prayer, service, study, silence, simplicity.


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