Yet day after day they seek me
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments,
they delight to draw near to God.
“Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day,
and oppress all your workers.
‘How do you know?’ Is that a question that constantly goes through your mind when someone tells you something; is your first thought ‘how do you know?’ Taking the time to wonder why things are the way they are, and do they have to be that way, can be helpful as we assess where we are and where we want to go. Don’t just take my word for it, test it for yourself by listening to what others think, then spend some time asking questions and reflecting; thinking and asking questions is how we learn.
‘What do you believe?’ Asking questions of God, even challenging God, is something the Old Testament takes seriously. The prophet Isaiah questions why the predictions of the restoration of Israel haven’t come true? For Isaiah, the exiles have returned but where is God? Isaiah wonders if the problem is we’re doing what we’re doing for us, not for God? Asking where is God and what does our life in God mean, is central to our faith. Faith is a dialogue with God and we engage one another in that dialogue too.
This week, as we continue to explore different ways of gathering for Trinity Commons Tuesdays, and this Tuesday at 4:30 pm we’ll start ‘Good People, Good Book,’ an informal Bible study at Good People Brewing Company. You don’t have to be 21 to come but you do have to be 21 to buy yourself a beer, but everyone is welcome whether you drink beer or not. The point of this time together is to hear what God has to say, ask each other what we believe about God and discuss the question: How can we determine what is or isn’t part of the Christian faith?
If you’ve wanted to ask some questions, hear what others think, and try and figure out what you believe then come join us and feel free to bring a friend.