The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 35

"He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel."- Psalm 103:7

Most Christians would prefer to see God perform mighty miracles rather than to have fellowship with him and learn his ways. In fact many people work for God (even performing miracles and casting out demons in His Name), but very few are willing to be His friend.

In today's text, we see that God made known his mighty acts to the people of Israel, but to Moses He 'made known his ways'. In Exodus 33 we find Moses in a great crisis in which he humbly prays "If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favour with you". He wanted to know God and his plan for his people more than to see another mighty miracle. No wonder the Lord spoke with him face to face 'as a man speaks to his friend" (v 11).

There is a difference between God's ways and God's acts. Both in the OT and the NT we find that God's ways were made known to an inner circle of people; but the ordinary congregation only learned of His acts. The ones who sought His presence were those who learned his ways. Moses and David are two outstanding examples of people in the OT who knew God's ways. Throughout Israel's wandering in the desert and in their later history in the Promised Land we find God's people interested only in what God would do for them. To them God displayed his mighty acts - but only a few got close enough to learn his ways. In the NT too we find that it was only those who walked closely with Jesus that discovered his ways. They were the inner circle that he had 'hand-picked', the ones we call 'apostles' (Paul was later chosen as an Apostle after his personal encounter with the risen Christ). Jesus disclosed many things to them that he did not share with others. Though there were hundreds that followed him around, it was his miracles that attracted them.

The sad part is, we are not any different today. We tend to operate out of a "needs basis". When things are not going right, when we've got ourselves in a mess that we cannot entangle, then we remember God; we pray like we've never prayed before and we make a lot of rash promises to Him. But after He has met our need and life gets comfortable once again, we adopt the attitude "don't call us; we'll call you"! God becomes our servant.

Knowing God is not only seeing his works but also learning his ways. It comes only through discipleship; whole hearted commitment to learning the ways of God!

Are you checking your priorities honestly before God?

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