God makes a perfect scapegoat when things go wrong but when we can accept the consequences for our actions, when we can use a prophetic voice to call out wrongdoing, when we can recognize that the love of God is broader than we can ever imagine, we can come back to God.
Just as the people of Israel and Judah walked away from their leaders when then threatened violence, we can stand up to toxic masculinity in our culture. We can teach our children and ourselves a different way.
The Bible is filled with origin stories – it’s the origin story of our faith, setting up laws and morals to sustain a developing community that will become a nation, helping us to find our place in God’s world.
The characters in these stories are just like us – they’ve faced trauma, they’ve made bad choices, they’re not perfect – and yet they are all chosen and called by God.
It often takes me a while to recognize the way that my prayers are answered. My needs aren’t always supplied the way I expect. And there are plenty of times that I find myself laughing when I do: laughing at the fact that I didn’t see God at work at first, laughing at God’s creativity, laughing at God’s audacity to believe in me.