Psalm 103:7 says, “He [the LORD] made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” Moses was a man who walked with God, and knew Him personally. He knew God’s “ways.” That is, His manner of being and moral character. Moses knew the LORD personally. Yet, we see in this short verse that in contrast to one man who had a real, intimate walk with God, there were a couple million people who were only familiar with the things that God had done. They knew all about the Red Sea. They knew all about the Passover. They were very familiar with the water out of the rock, the impossible victories over heathen kings, the daily manna from heaven. But something was missing….
Moses knew Who God was (and is). Israel, by and large, knew what God had done for them.
Sadly, those who will seek God and know Him personally will always be in the minority. Such is the case in many of our churches today. Ask Average Joe Christian Who God is, and you will likely hear things like, “He’s the one that saved me. He’s the one that wrote the Bible. He’s the one that helps me when I’m in a bad way.” But God is so much more!
God is more than just the sum of all His actions! He is more than the Holy Savior Who died upon the cross for your sins and for mine, was buried, and three days later arose victorious over the grave! (Though I praise God every day that He did that for a bag of dirt like me!) He went to Calvary to atone for my sins so that I could have a relationship with Him! He is more than the God Who inspired holy men of old to pen the very Word of God, though that is more incredible than words can describe! He gave His Word so that finite, limited, sinful men, could know the infinite, unlimited, Holy One!
Isn’t it about time that we stop seeking the God-who-does-stuff-for-us and linger in the presence of the Almighty. The LORD of all heaven and earth, the God Who created the entire universe by speaking, the Lord and Savior of my soul wants to have a deep, personal relationship with me and with you! If this fact alone does not compel you to beg for God’s mercy and seek His face anew and afresh, I don’t know what will. Stop looking for the God you want, and come to know and obey the God Who is.