AW Tozer writes that the most important thing about a man is his view of God. Whatever is the lord of your life, your belief in him, her, it—whatever the case may be—is not evident by what you claim or the clothes you wear or the art that hangs paying tribute to the deity in question.
No, the true measure of belief is action. Maybe that is where faith comes in. Faith is shown through action. And lack of faith is the reason why so many of us do not pray to the gods we so vehemently claim. It is why disobedience runs rampant. We do not walk with the same zest and gusto we claim to have because somewhere deep in us that zest and gusto is merely tired apathy and fear and doubt.
Moses claimed to be a follower of the Jewish God. In Exodus, the very God in whom Moses claims belief comes to him for a chat. Sure, it is no normal meet-and-greet, as this God comes in the form of a burning bush, but when faced, in an instant, with all we’ve held true yet never have seen or heard, well, who’s to say that is ever to be a “normal” encounter.
And in this conversation, Moses hears from the same God he has listed on the “Religion” section of his Facebook page. He encounters the very thing he has defined himself by, and Moses’ faith is tested. It isn’t tested by seeing or believing. His faith is tested by action; this God gives Moses a task to do, and Moses’ actual faith—not what he claims to look good or make others feel bad, but his actual faith—is put on display.
“Send someone else,” Moses tells his God.
I would wager that there in that moment Moses’ belief has never been stronger. He was hearing from his God and seeing this God breach the tangible world in the form of a blazing fire. Oh yes, Moses believes.
But strong as that belief might be, his faith is evident by his lack of action. He says this God is “Lord” yet he doesn’t have confidence in His control. He claims this God is all-powerful, but doesn’t see Him as sufficient to overcome personal deficiencies—“I don’t speak well,” Moses stammers.
What kind of numb, small faith is this?
Often, it is the very faith of my own heart. It is the faith that sees the god of my life as just slightly smaller than me, my agenda, my talents, my activities. Oh yes, I believe, but only in a way that keeps me from actually doing anything that takes faith in another.
I’m not sure what you believe in—or, better, “who” you believe in. But I hope, at some point, that that belief converts to faith, and, like Moses, you will see God as you walk in the actions He’s laid before you.
Then the LORD said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. 9 But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”
10 Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else” Exodus 4:8-13
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10