A Message from Pastor Kiri

More Than Belief

Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. – Exodus 4:29-31 (NIV)

Aaron, the brother of Moses, has finished up performing miracles before the people. These signs, miracles really, were convincing enough to make them believe that God was very real and very powerful.

But interesting how this passage turns. Mere belief is not enough. These were people who believed lions to be very real and very powerful (and scary). These people believed Pharaoh’s army to be very real and very powerful. But that’s not what God was going for.

As John Edgerton writes, “It is only when Aaron tells the people that God sees their misery that their belief becomes worship. That it becomes a relationship. That they become God’s people. It is only when Aaron tells the people that God is concerned about them that they become God’s people. The mere existence of God is not enough to count as good news to a people in deep distress. But a God who sees their misery and is concerned for them? That is a God worthy of worship.”

So I think our message for today is that needing something from God doesn’t make your faith deficient. Being in deep need is what makes your faith more than mere belief. It is what brings it into a relationship.\

Here’s a question: Are there places where you would like God to see you today? Are there parts of your spirit that are hurting or being broken by the world? We can turn to God, holding those broken places in our hands before us like precious offerings to God. Because they are precious to God, the God who already knows our misery and is concerned for us. Thanks be to God. Amen.