God is not an interventionist

Image: Oliver Cole

If I had to name one big idea I’m learning from my ministerial studies right now, I’d say it’s this…

God isn’t in the intervention business.

God will never intervene in our lives. For good or bad.

God isn’t something we call down from the clouds and wield like a supernatural sword. It doesn’t work this way. Never has.

God functions in us. Not without us.

God is found in the quiet, vivifying inner-space of our soul.

God doesn’t mold to our will through supplication. We open up to be molded by God when we go within and make a sacrificial offering of our ego-based thoughts and limitations.

When prayer is answered, our petty problems don’t just change. Everything changes. We transcend ourselves. Our fearful, survival-based will is replaced by a much larger, all-embracing one.

We don’t use God. God sits and waits for us to allow her to use us. And then we get up. And go.

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Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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