May 14, 2019

 

When God Speaks, Listen
Stephen Heleman

In last week's scriptures, we left off when Moses had to flee for his life to the wilderness known as Midian. Despite the circumstances that put him there, he built a good life. He married and worked for his father-in-law as a shepherd. One day, as he is traveling with his flock, he encounters a miracle. 

The Burning Bush

Read Exodus 3:2-8 here.

In verse 3, we see that Moses chose to turn aside from his plan and turn toward the burning bush. It's important to note that at this point, God calls out to Moses. Don't miss the voice of God because you are unwilling to turn from your own plan. In verse 5, as Moses approached the bush, God stopped him and declared that he was on holy ground. That specific location was not holy on its own; it was the presence of God that made it holy. Don't go through life looking for a location; look for God. In verses 7 and 8 God says two things to Moses that were life-changng: 1) He knew what was going on and 2) He was going to fix it. Even when we don't see or understand, God does and He wants the best for us. 

What happens next in the story shocks Moses.

Exodus 3:10-12

10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." 11 But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?" 12 He said, "But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain."

God told Moses that not only was He going to save the Hebrew people and bless them, He also wanted Moses to bring them out of Egypt. Moses' response could be the same as any of us, "Who am I...". God wants us to know that it doesn't matter who we are, it matters who He is, and as long as He is with us, we cannot fail. Do what God says, and it will work.

Exodus 3:13-15

13 Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" 14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel: 'I AM has sent me to you.'" 15 God also said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel: 'The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

Even with God's promise in verse 12, Moses needed further reassurance. In verses 14 through 15, God reminds Moses of who He is. He is Yahweh, Jehovah. There was nothing before God and nothing above Him. There is nothing to add to or take away from God. The God of all creation, unchanging, and eternal. Do you realize how great our God is?

Do You Need A Burning Bush?

Every day we have questions, challenges, and decisions to make where it would be great if God would show up as clearly to us as he did to Moses. Even when we know the Bible, God's word, it can be a struggle to apply it in times of difficulty. 

When you need a burning bush, remember...
The more you know, the more you see, the more you do. 

God wants us to know who he is, just as He wanted Moses to know. The more we know God, the more we know what He wants. Don't talk with God only when you need answers, He wants an intimate relationship with us. Spend time with Him. As you get to know God more, you will see God working around you. This changes our perspective. Ask yourself, "How does my life fit into what God is doing?" Jump into what you see God doing. Even if you don't know the answers to all the questions, do what you know God is leading you to do.  

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