Becoming a Christian starts from hearing God’s word. I always thank God for the written word. Without it, we will be at the mercy of learned men and religious professors. It would take a long time for us to really understand the very important principles of salvation, baptism and resurrection.
The scriptures give us the opportunity to read God’s word and to know what He has been saying since time past and what He is saying to us today (Daniel 9:2). It is so amazing to see that there are certain things that the Christians immediately after the resurrection of Jesus could not fully appreciate but which is so real to us today.
In spite of efforts over the centuries to discredit the Bible, it has continued to be a beacon of light to the world. Its critics have lived and died, yet the word of God remains true and living. By it many have received eternal salvation, freedom from fear, healing, deliverance from the power of darkness and peace that is enduring.
From the Word of God, we learn about the things which happened in times past, things that are happening now and of course things that are about to happen. There is nothing that is happening in our world today that is not mentioned or described in the Bible.
Even Jesus Himself relied on the scriptures and referred to it constantly during his ministry here on earth (Luke 24:27, Luke 24:32, Luke 24:25, John 5:39)
A constant study of God’s word established us in our work as Christians and also makes us much more effective in our work as his servants (Joshua 1:8, 2 Tim 2:15)
Now, knowing God’s word is one step. Knowing His voice is another step in our Christian walk. When we know His word, we have a general understanding of his works and His ways. But you know His voice, you begin to understand His particular purpose for your life.
Moses was one person who progressed from learning God’s word, to learning His voice. When he saw the unusual sight of the burning bush, he didn’t recognize it as the presence of God. Rather, he stopped to have a look out of curiosity. This is just like many who go to a church today, not necessarily out of interest to serve God but out of curiosity probably because they heard a testimony about a miraculous event happening there. This however can be dangerous because there are many ‘churches’ where miracles are conjured to lure the unsuspecting and curious visitors.
God finally revealed Himself to Moses and I believe Moses was able to understand quickly because his biological mother raised him before handing him over to Pharaoh’s daughter. He knew something about the God of the Hebrews, so when God called Him our of the burning bush, Moses understood who was talking to Him. In spite of that though, He needed to prove to the elders of Israel that God sent him and God obliged him with two miracles to show them.
He eventually accomplished God’s mandate of leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. One day however, he faced opposition from an unlikely source, his brother Aaron and Sister Miriam. I am sure Moses must have been deeply hurt. Once can’t help feeling what Moses had to go through from the time He announced to the Israelites that God had sent him to lead them out of Egypt. He faced criticism constantly especially at those times when the going was rough. At those times, God’s written word was not enough to keep Moses moving, God’s voice was his steady rock.
Following God’s voice can be a very lonely venture. When we continue following it however, we are sure of our destination and the same people who criticized us earlier, will be the same ones to rejoice with us at the outcome of our decision to follow the voice of God.
Steve O. Popoola
(c) Biblepraise Fellowship, March 2010.
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the webmaster of Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org . British by birth, He currently resides in Lagos , Nigeria with wife Maris and their children; Praise, Stephanie and Precious. He works as an IT professional in a bank. He presently serves as Church Secretary and Head of Music Ministry in his local church. He is the Moderator/Editor of Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, email@example.com