HIS WAYS OR HIS ACTS?
While preparing to teach a lesson last weekend, we read a scripture I had known for a while but as usual, stuck me anew and I thought to share.
Read with me: He made known His ways unto Moses; His acts unto the children of Israel-Psalm 103:7 (NKJV)
If you still don’t see it, read it with me in another translation I just found: He revealed His character to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel- Psalm 103:7 (NLT)
We were reading and it hit me. The children of Israel had access to God Moses had access to. Moses however learnt His character; the children of Israel only saw His actions.
Moses cultivated a deep personal relationship with God and therefore it was not about what God could do or not do but about who He is. Moses spent time with God; he got to know God-personally and intimately. He got to know God’s character.
The children of Israel preferred the God of a distance- Deuteronomy 5:25-27 they were fine with intermediaries. They only went to Him when they needed something; hence they only knew what God could do-His acts, not who He was.
That’s why it was easy for Israel to constantly forget God and Moses never could.
You judge a person based on what you know about that person. If you know a person is ‘good’, when they do something that everyone perceives as bad, you’re quick to see beyond the present action to the ‘why’ behind the action.
However if all you know about a person is what they do, you simply judge their actions as they come.
Who do you think gets a clearer picture? Who do you think knows more?
You have the same access to God as to the ‘most anointed’ man of God on earth does.
What makes the difference is what you know of God.
What do you know of God? His acts or His ways?
Not sure? Here’s a litmus test only you can answer.
When seeming senseless tragedy strikes or something bad happens, how do you respond?
Is your response to God ‘Why this-? (Character) or Why me? (Actions)
Knowing God’s character is a lifelong journey that solidifies your faith in God every step of the way.
You can only know God’s Character if you cultivate a relationship with Him.
I’m learning the character of my God and loving it!
Who’s with me?