KNOWING GOD MORE
God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself fully known to them.”
When Moses encountered God in the burning bush, he still had much to learn about his Lord. Moses was impressed with the miracle before him (see Ex. 3:3). However, it would take much more than a burning bush to lead Israel out of captivity by the most powerful nation of Moses’ day. Would the same God who could cause a bush to burn without being consumed also be able to do what was necessary to deliver a multitude? Moses had much more to learn through experience and still had many questions.
God’s answer was “I AM” (v. 14). That is, “Moses, I’ll be whatever you need Me to be as you carry out My assignment. If you need miraculous signs in order to convince Pharaoh, then that’s how I’ll express Myself. If you need Me to interrupt nature and part the waters of the Red Sea, then I’ll demonstrate Myself that way. If you require food and water, then I’ll be your provider. If you’re afraid, I’ll be your strength.”
At the beginning of Moses’ walk with the Lord, he had no way of knowing everything he’d need God to do for him. Yet each time Moses faced a need, He learned something new about God. Moses came to realize that there was much more to God than a burning bush. What if Moses had been so enamored with his experience at the bush that he built a tabernacle on the spot and established The Church of the Burning Bush? He would have missed out on so much more that God wanted to reveal to him.
As God has walked with His people through the generations, He’s progressively revealed His nature according to His purposes and the needs of His people. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew Him as God Almighty because they needed His mighty power to protect them from their enemies. Moses and the Israelites learned that God was Lord, the Master over every nation and every enemy army. God not only delivered them from the most powerful ruler in the world but also brought them into the promised land. They came to experience Him as Lord, preeminently powerful over the pagan gods of their day.
God will continue to reveal His character to you according to your needs and according to His purposes. You’ll come to know more and more about Him as you obey Him. When you grieve, He will come to you as Comforter. When you’re in need, He will demonstrate that He’s the Provider. When you face a serious challenge, He will reveal that He’s God Almighty.
Your understanding of God’s character ought to be greater now than when you first became a Christian. You ought to know Him better today than you did five years ago. Sadly, some Christians continue to live year after year with the same basic knowledge of God they had when they first began walking with Him. Whatever your present situation, view it in light of what God is teaching you about Himself, and you’ll come to know God in dimensions you’ve never known before.
You stand at an exciting new door of opportunity to know God more intimately every time you believe Him. Every step of faith leads you to a deeper relationship of faith with Him. It’s an open invitation to know God more intimately.
Recall your understanding of God when you first began walking with Him. How have your experiences expanded your knowledge of Him?
How does Moses’ story help you better understand your own relationship with God?
What was the most meaningful statement or Scripture you read today?
Reword the statement or Scripture into a prayer of response to God.
What does God want you to do in response to today’s study? [Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby (2014). Seven Realities for Experiencing God – Member Book. LifeWay Press. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]