…. for we walk by faith, not by sight — 2 Cor 5:7
The God of the Bible is God who reveals himself. Many follow their gods not knowing their nature, character, power and will. Hence the ‘gods’
are portrayed as the devotee wants them to be. The God of the Bible is not a creature or a part of the cosmos. He is the “other” and reveals Himself through His glory and power. Revelation means unveiling something hidden so that it may be seen and known as what it is. In other words, God actively discloses Himself to men in order that men may know and follow Him. Following God is not a blind imitation of a group of people. While revealing Himself God does not give us mere suggestions; His words are commandments that must be obeyed.
Revelation of God is essentially received by the inner being of a man.
That kind of revelation produces faith to walk with God. Therefore, one doesn’t have to see any object before him to follow God. The knowledge of God is not imparted by looking at an image. The revelation of God manifested in our lives through His power and glory drives us to follow Him.
Jacob, a fugitive, was running away from home for his life. He arrived at Bethel. The sun had set. He used a stone for a pillow and slept under the open sky. He had no revelation of God. That night, the God of his forefathers revealed Himself to Jacob. He gave him promises regarding what He had in store for him. His grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac were worshipers and followers of the same God. The revelation that they received was not sufficient for Jacob’s relationship with God. He required a revelation of God very personally. Everyone has to receive the revelation of God individually in order to walk with Him.
Moses and the Hebrews were not very keen to follow God. The glory and power of God manifested among them from time to time turned the hearts of many to follow God obediently. Moses had been walking in the revelation of God for many years but when the time came for entering into the promised land Moses sought a new revelation.
“Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people.’
But you haven’t let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know your name. I know all about you. And I am pleased with you. If you are pleased with me, teach me more about yourself. Then I can know you. And I can continue to please you. Remember that this nation is your people.” (Exo 33:12-13).
All these years Moses was conversing with God but was found inadequate without a new revelation for a new task. God assured him of His presence with them; nevertheless Moses asked God to show His glory.
“The LORD said to Moses, “I will do exactly what you have asked. I am pleased with you. And I know your name. I know all about you.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” Exo 33:17-18.
Paul states that his apostleship and the Gospel he preached were not given my men. He received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Gal. 1:1, 11-12). Even his visit to Jerusalem to see the apostles was in accordance to a revelation of God (Gal. 2:2). As he strove ahead in his ministry God was gracious to provide him with new revelations of Jesus Christ as and when he required these.
Andrew found the Lord Jesus as the Messiah. For Philip, He was the One about whom Moses and the Prophets wrote about. Nathaniel found Him as the Son of God who will redeem the nation of Israel.
Simeon who was waiting for the Messiah found Jesus as the salvation of God which God had prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of the people of Israel.
While the Jews were presuming that Jesus was the “Prophet who was to come,” as Elijah or as John the Baptist who was raised from the dead, Peter got a revelation from Heaven. Therefore, at Caesarea Philippi, he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The Lord Jesus said to him that his new knowledge was not from any human source but from the Father who is heaven.
They all followed Lord Jesus Christ by a revelation of Him. How about you?