Stop. Look. Listen. Lessons from A Burning Bush

Life Passed By

Moses was an 80-year-old shepherd working for his father-in-law in the wilderness of Midian. Though he had been raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, those days were long gone. The memories of his youth in faraway Egypt were just that. He may have had dreams of going back to help his people, but  that vision faded due to age and indifference.  In some ways, his life must have been awful and repetitive and tedious and stressful.

It was the life of a shepherd.  He was surrounded by animals that needed direction.

Another Shot

Here in the account of Exodus 3:2, Moses is confronted by a new challenge: “And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of the bush. So he looked, and behold the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.” The Voice from the bush speaks to him after he stops to take notice. It’s God calling him to a new life. He has been leading sheep to good land, but now God wants him to lead His people to the Promised Land.

Missing the Boat

What would have happened if Moses had not stopped and looked? He would have missed the boat. What if fear of the unknown drove him away from the burning bush? This possibility is not described in the passage so we can only imagine. Moses would have returned to his life unchanged, or worse, not understanding what the Lord was trying to say. Moses may have never realized his calling, nor been the great prophet that humbled a mighty nation and freed an enslaved people.

An Opened Door

Is there a bush burning in your life? Is there a Voice speaking? Are you called to greatness but are not sure what to do? Are you letting life whiz by without stopping to listen to the Voice of God? Moses rushed prematurely to help his people, but blew it and had to flee to the wilderness to escape Pharaoh’s judgment. He wouldn’t let that happen again.

The bush was burning and God was speaking. There was an opened door for Moses to walk through. Many of us have had failures that defined our lives and now we’ve settled, and we aren’t comfortable with the possibility of having to change.

Do you think that your chance has passed and with it your shot at making your mark in the Kingdom of God?

That Was Then

Remember one thing: God is in the burning bush. Don’t worry that you’ve ignored His words in the past. That was then. He has a place for you to serve now. Don’t sell yourself short. God has called you to greatness. He created you for a purpose. Find it by attending your church faithfully and drawing near to the Body of Christ. There, you’ll hear the Spirit’s voice as your pastor preaches. The bush is burning. God is speaking. Stop, look, and listen.

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