Conversely, if we are really to understand the Bible record, we must enter into our study of it on the assumption that the experiences recorded there are basically of the same type as ours would have been if we had been there. Those who lived through those experiences felt very much as we would have if we had been in their place because they are real people just like you and me.

Unless this comes home to us, the things that happened to the people in the Bible will remain unreal to us. It will be more like a farce. We will not genuinely be able to believe the Bible or find its contents to be real, because it will have no experiential substance for us.

“Failure to read the Bible in this realistic manner account for two common problems in Christian groups that hold the Bible central to their faith. One is that it becomes simply a book of doctrine, of abstract truth about God, in which one can search endlessly without encountering God himself or hearing his voice.”

Characters:

In the Bible, God is always the main character. God is always the Hero (my hero), and the humans play supporting roles. It’s easy to lose sight of this fact because the human characters are so interesting and because one can identify with David or Ruth more readily than with God.

The human characters are not irrelevant, and you can learn a lot from studying them. However, one thing you’ll learn is that their faith and effectiveness were directly proportional to their awareness that they were not the heroes of their own stories. For example, as a young man, Moses was horrified at the way the Egyptian government was oppressing the Hebrews.

He tried to play the hero in the situation and had disastrous results. He killed someone and had to flee the country. Years later, he started taking orders from God. He led the people’s successful liberation from slavery, and after that he was almost always careful to let God call the shots and take the top billing He deserved. As children of God, we must learn to let God call the shots and stop playing God in the lives of people.

Just once, Moses slipped. In a moment of annoyance, he acted as though he was the one responsible for taking care of the people. Today, we find ourselves behaving like Moses whenever God gives us the privilege of leading or taking care of other people. We quickly forget that the position we occupy is for the greater good of mankind and for the glory of God. Just like Moses adopted one of God’s instructions to make the scene more dramatic and himself the star; we do the same too.

This incident cost him the chance to be in the limelight when the people entered the Promised Land (Numbers 20: 1-13). It is my prayer that our egoistic and macho stance, playing God won’t cost us our place in God’s kingdom. The focus on God should put your ego into perspective. Moses was a talented guy, no question. But fundamentally, he was nobody special.

Signing on with God’s plan was what enabled him to do something special. Joshua has been just as capable of leading the Israelites into the Promised Land – he did it. And Joshua was nobody special. It could just as easily have been you if you had been there, and had been willing to do whatever job God assigned to you, and had resisted the temptation to sign autographs 😊.

Blessings and Love 😇😊💞

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Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Ibe Consult (Blog), Flyhiee.com, The Social Talk, and Penprofile.com. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation. Whitney is a full-time Inspirational Blogger and Writer making a living from this new and active medium. I'm also an author and speaker. She started Whitney Ibe blog in 2016 after she stumbled on a blog post by the blogger; shattered in him. She fell in love with blogging immediately. She explored issues of religion, relationship, culture, society, spirituality, politics, and music. She is doing what she loves to do, which is writing and inspiring people to become better versions of themselves. Her goal is to add value to your world than you ever dreamed possible by providing you with life-changing, inspiring, motivating articles, blog posts, poetry, and short stories. As a life coach, consultant, Edna is focused on an individual's personal development and happiness. She is skilled at providing structured questions to help coordinate an individual's thoughts and has excellent reasoning skills for helping clients set tangible goals. She is incredibly helpful and not prudent with her knowledge. She knows what she’s doing and loves helping others to achieve their goals as well. Many of the top bloggers on WordPress and on various websites have learned from her writing style and it has helped them to get their blogs to where they are now. Her website is full of great material to help you follow in her footsteps. She has helped so many bloggers and I can’t praise her enough.  You will learn so much from her.  She has one of those sites that you can easily get lost in reading all of her amazing posts. She loves dessert especially chocolate mixed with whipped cream and strawberries. She enjoys long walks on the beach.

2 Thoughts on “They Are Real People, Just Like You And Me… Look Closely.”

  • You make a great and very important point, “we find ourselves behaving like Moses whenever God gives us the privilege of leading or taking care of other people.” Yes, so easy to slip into, I’ve been guilty so many times.

    • Thank you Claire for reading through, resonating with the post and for sharing your thoughts us.
      We are all guilty of this including me. All we need is grace to be humble and serve dutifully where we find ourselves doing the Lord’s work.❤️

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