God’s Presence and Protection

The supposition that one can claim God’s presence and protection while being careless of God’s will and ways—which history suggests is a supposition that comes readily to humans—is mistaken. Or, put the other way round, only those whose way of living embraces God’s priorities, so that God’s justice is appropriated by them, can legitimately expect the blessing of God’s protecting presence.

Walter Moberly, interpreting Jeremiah 7 in “The God of the Old Testament”

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