“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice, is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24
God expressed Himself tangibly to Moses in the best way that Moses would recognize Himself. And that God was the only true divinity. God was also showing Moses that He is a real and faithful God. Faithful to him as an individual but also to the people of Israel, who were still stuck in slavery. God was revealing Himself so that Moses would take a step into putting His faith into practice.
Even with this fresh knowledge and a radical encounter with God, how would Moses express this to the people of Israel? They may have been in a serious space of unbelief because of all they were going through. After all, why would God allow His people to suffer in slavery under the reign of Pharaoh? When He asked God, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you?” in Exodus 4:1. God simply revealed that He would be tangibly with Moses when he practiced His faith. God knew this was possible, even in an unfamiliar and incredibly daunting situation for Moses. He told Moses to make use of the shepherd’s staff he had in his hand to perform signs and wonders. Through these, people recognised that God had spoken to Moses and commanded him to act.
We are never alone when we put faith in practice
You see, when God speaks to someone, or reveals Himself, He usually wants to give them an opportunity to step out in faith. God primarily does this through His Word, which scripture tells us is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). If we read chapter 4 of Exodus, Moses was doubting his own ability, just like any of us might. The awesome thing about God is that He never lets us do His work alone. Besides, it is God who needs to make things happen and not us.
When we read God’s Word and our faith gets the opportunity to grow, then we truly begin to put our trust in what He says. How often have you found yourself doubting that God would show up or answer your prayers?
The Word of God encourages us
In God’s Word, we are encouraged to walk by faith and not based on what we can see (2 Corinthians 5:7). Jesus commands us to take the promises of God to heart and to put them into practice. In Hebrews 11:23 – 30, we read that it was by faith that Moses went into Egypt. His eyes were fixed on God rather than on the circumstances. He knew and trusted that God was bigger.
So how can you put faith into practice as Jesus commands us to do in Matthew 7:24? God was and is always able to fulfill what His promises are to you. Just like He did with Moses and the people of Israel.
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