We often think of “Bible times” being so drastically different from our own.
We imagine that people walked around in a world where miracles and wonders happened left, right and center.
You’re walking down the street and boom! There’s the parting of the Red Sea, there’s a coat of many colors, there’s a kid slaying a giant.
But the fact of the matter is, most folks in the ancient near East, and even most of the big heroes of the Bible, lived lives very much like our own.
They had to pay the rent on time, they had to get food on the table, maybe they didn’t like their bosses and they gossiped about their neighbors.
There weren’t miracles and revelations dropping out of the sky at all hours of the day.
Our reading from 1 Samuel today says so: “The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.”
That was true in the literal sense, but oh, what a richer and deeper resonance that can have for us as individuals and us as a church.
Do you feel like the word of the Lord is rare in your life? Continue reading