Friday, 30 October 2020
“Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favourably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.” – Exodus 33:15-16 NLT
In 1 Kings 18:16-40, the Israelites had turned their backs on their GOD and were now worshipping foreign gods. They were under the impression that all gods are the same and you can choose whom to worship and serve, as all roads lead to Rome. Today the world is still under the same impression. People believe you can choose which religion to follow as all these religions are in essence serving the same GOD (basically they are implying that GOD has multiple personalities, a psychiatric condition). One of the reasons why this is the case is because most Christians are empty/devoid of the power of GOD. There is nothing that sets us apart from these other belief systems, there is no demonstration of the power of GOD. But if the Word says those that believe, signs and miracles will follow them, then, does that mean that we don’t believe (Mark 16:17)?
Prophet Elijah was tired of the undecided behaviour of his people and wanted to prove once and for all who the true GOD is. His demonstration left no room for alternate explanations of who the true GOD is, it was clear to everyone. What set him apart is the demonstration and not just talk (1 Corinthians 4:20). This is what’s missing in our walk with GOD. Let a Buddhist or Scientologist come and claim superiority and let GOD prove Himself, it’s His reputation on the line. In Exodus 33:12-18 (especially verse 16), Moses was aware of the benefits of walking with God’s power and presence. GOD had already promised them the land and technically they were going to inhabit it anyway. Moses, however, refused to take even a single step without this power. He knew the only distinguishing feature between them and the rest of the world was God’s power and his presence. It’s the power that proves who’s serving thee, GOD. We can not walk and be effective Christians without this power. Even Jesus before starting His ministry needed to be empowered and yet we want to do the same without it.
“Those people should realize that our actions when we arrive in person will be as forceful as what we say in our letters from far away.” (2 Corinthians 10:11 NLT). What Paul was saying here is that even if his physical attributes and speech are not that impressive (verse 10), yet his power makes up for his shortcomings. He simply meant that he comes in power and not just talk.
We can not walk and be effective Christians without God’s power