19th August 2018
Moses saw that, though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight – why the bush does not burn up.’ (Exodus 3: 2b – 3 TNIV)
Moses was curious. They say that curiosity killed the cat, but in fact curiosity can lead us on adventures of learning and experience. Curiosity is inquisitiveness which helps us grow wiser.
Children are curious, they are inquisitive, and Jesus told us that if we want to enter the kingdom of heaven we must become like little children. Children are not meek and mild they are curious!
Of course, curiosity can take us out of our comfort zone – as it did Moses, but looked at another way, it can stretch us and challenge us and equip us with insights that will build our understanding and prepare us for future times.
The people of God are called to be curious. We are called to be inquisitive, to investigate, to develop a spirit of inquiry to see how we can shed Jesus’ light onto the things we see and hear and experience.
We are called to be curious about Scripture, to investigate God’s Word in the Bible, to listen and look out for what God is saying to us through its chapters and verses, to read with a curious and inquisitive disposition, to investigate to discuss and to share.
So, don’t let your God-centred curiosity be likened to another meaning of the word ‘curious’... something that is interesting because it is rare and unusual... let it be a fruit of the Spirit... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and a God-centred curiosity.
Revd. Janine Atkinson