“And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He Said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.” - Exodus 3:14 (NKJV)
So much I find today in our society that we don't want to just believe. We have to have some sort of proof to be able to prove our case to the masses. But what God was telling Moses was that all you need to know is that I AM WHO I AM. As curious humans we don't like to be told something just is. We like to know the why's and how's. I'll be the first to say that I'm just like this. I need to know the hard facts about everything to know it’s true, that I can't sometimes just believe because that's what I know in my heart to be real. I AM A HYPOCRITE.
Sometimes I like to preach to other people that I believe because somewhere in my heart I feel “that it's so." In reality it’s often the opposite; I “know” because of the numerous facts I've read or heard from my pastor every Sunday. This only lasts until another “truth” comes along and makes me doubt.
Even today I started the day out praying and reading scripture. By about 3 o' clock that day I became, the above-mentioned, hypocrite. I read an article talking about some “new” missing link fossil. Then all of a sudden I was questioning what I believe and if it's true. This experience made me start thinking about how hollow my faith can be. Even when I told myself that God is who he is, that it shouldn’t matter what anybody tells me, I need to know that there is a God. I find myself most of the time — funny enough – trusting secular scientists to deal in the real facts more than in a brother-in-Christ.
But let's get back to Moses and the Israelite's. After God told Moses that he is the I AM, Moses began worrying about the Israelites not believing that he had heard from God, and this is what he said to God:
“Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, 'The Lord has not appeared to you.'” Exodus 4:1 (NKJV)
This reminds me so much of what Americans are acting like today; even “Christians” can develop an attitude similar to Moses' (myself included). We, as a culture, have become so skeptical of Jesus Christ's claims and the Creation Story that we have rejected Jesus as being the true son of God.
Is there a remedy? Yes. The solution is to believe--believe that God is God and follow him. Facts can tell you only so much. Look at the disciples. They saw, walked, and listened to Jesus, but repeatedly throughout the Gospels they had fits of unbelief. The facts were right in front of them! Jesus was right there!!! They still didn't believe because their hearts, souls, and minds were still blind. Open not only your mind but your heart to God. God is not rational or irrational; he is God--the Great I AM!
This whole thing isn't to say there is no need for hard facts. It’s that God does not want his followers to believe in only in their minds but in their hearts too.
One amazing fact is that, just like the Israelite's and the Disciples, God never gives up on neither me nor you. No matter how hypocritical we can get or ungrateful, no matter how grumpy or hateful, no matter how sinful or even perfect we are, or even how many times we run and hide from God, God will always love and care for us. The important thing to keep in mind would be that we can all be a little hypocritical and that has no bearing on where we go in the end. Just don't let it spread to all parts of your life. Don't let your hearts become cold and dark.
PS. Please have grace if this isn't altogether well written or coherent because I wrote this around 11 to 12 o' clock AM.
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