Moses saw that, although 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)
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 can help 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! Perhaps when Jesus says we should become like children, we should copy them by being inquisitive like them, ask questions about faith and life, as they do. Perhaps he welcomed their imaginativeness, their ability to learn new things, hour after hour, day after day.
Of course, curiosity can take us out of our comfort zone, as it did Moses. But, looked at another way, it can stretch us, 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’ true light and love onto the things we see, hear and experience.
We are called to be curious about Scripture, to investigate God’s Word in our Scriptures, 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’s interesting because it’s rare and unusual, let a God-centred curiosity be a fruit of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.