How Much More?
I am going through a Bible Study right now titled The Quest by Beth Moore. Those of you who know me will not be surprised by this. Beth Moore is a favorite author and teacher of mine. This study is all about questions we find in Scripture. Questions asked by God, questions asked by man. Moore’s premise with this study is that we cannot have intimacy with anyone without questions. We cannot have intimacy with God without questions either.
Do you ever dive into a study and think, “Well, this won’t apply to me!” I had a sense of that as I began simply because I am not a questioning person. Sure, I ask my fair share of why’s, but by nature, I typically say “ok,” instead of “who, what when, why??” Through this study, though, my eyes have been opened to just how many questions fill the Bible. There are there are 3,298 questions found in the Scripture (Hancock, All the questions in the Bible). Have you ever noticed how often God responds to our questions with more questions? God seems to be ok with respectful, wondering questions.
A theme of The Quest is the question, “How much more” (Luke 11:13)? God asks us how much more of Him do we want.
Exodus 33 gives a challenge on this. God is reminding Moses of all that awaits the Israelites, and the passage opens with God telling Moses to go the Promised Land.
This is it.
All they have been waiting for, but then, verse 3. “Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you…”
Nope. Moses isn’t having it. That land is nothing if You are not with us, he responds (Ex. 33:15).
Oh, may we have such faith! Do we long for the promises of God or God Himself? Think about your prayers in the last 24 hours. I know for me, I’ve asked God for things like patience, wisdom, protection, peace, rest. How often do I ask for more of the Spirit Himself? Lord, open my eyes to satisfaction and joy in you alone, not just what You can give.
In Acts 10:45, we read the Holy Spirit IS a gift. Yes, Scriptures gives us many examples of God giving His followers wisdom, peace and protection. It’s not wrong to ask for those things. But, those promises should not be our final hope. Our final hope, our ultimate joy, should be found in Christ Jesus, Himself. Lord, may it be true for us!
How much more? So much more!
With all 3,298 questions found in the Bible, don’t think God can’t handle yours. Bring Him your questions, bring Him your heart. He can handle it. He created it. He loves it.
Help me want the Healer more than the healing
Help me want the Savior more than the saving
Help me want the Giver more than the giving
Help me want You Jesus more than anything
-More than Anything by Natalie Grant