Google+ 12/10/12 Here I am Lord!

Exodus 3:1-4

 

One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian.

He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God.

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush.

Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up.

 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.”

When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look,

God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

“Here I am!” Moses replied. 

 

If you have ever studied the Bible or spent anytime around churches, you have heard the story of Moses and the Burning bush.  As I always do, I hope, through God, to bring you a slightly different perspective about this miracle event.  Let's begin with the obvious.  In the Bible, there was but one burning bush.  While we can learn from what happened with Moses and this very important shrub, don't spend a lot of time wishing or waiting on another burning bush.  This was a unique communication between Moses and his God.  It has never been duplicated in this way in Scripture. We would be best advised to keep our eyes open for the unique communication God may wish to have with us.  Here is the most important part of this Scripture.  Moses noticed!  Moses stopped what he was doing to check out the bush.  As we know, Moses was a shepherd.  We don't rub elbows with a lot of shepherds today.  Sheep are very dumb creatures.  They are very prone to loose their way.  They are easily distracted.  For this reason, shepherds were very important people.  Their job was to make sure that not one sheep got lost.  This is what makes it so miraculous that Moses stopped to check out the bush, flame or not.  In doing so, he was risking sheep going astray.  Please notice in our Scripture, that God did not speak to Moses until Moses stopped and began to come closer.  Don't miss this point.  I was recently reminded of something that scared me to death.  I was listening to someone speak about the "burning bush experience" of Moses.  They commented that they might have missed this event if they were Moses.  I am thankful I heard this thought, as I can now say to both myself and you that we should always be vigilant and ready to hear the Lord speak.  In spite of an extremely demanding job, Moses was ready and able to discern that this event was important.   Moses began to ask questions, but before he did, the Scripture says that he proclaimed that the burning bush was amazing.  Moses recognized the miracle that day and thank God he didn't miss it.  The passage concludes with Moses declaring that he must take a closer look.  When he does, God speaks to him.  Not the angel of the Lord, but the Lord, Himself.  God calls Moses by name.  It wasn't a general comment to see who was listening in "Burning Bush Land!"  The answer Moses gave to God's calling his name is priceless.   First of all, Moses knows who is speaking.  He is not going to miss this event because he recognizes the voice of the Lord.  Moses doesn't say "Who is this?"  Moses doesn't say "I think you have the wrong number."  He simply answers God and says, "Here I am Lord."  Let's all say "Wow" together.  Here is my encouragement to you today.  If you fellowship daily with God through the Scripture and His people, you will be ready for God when He speaks, regardless of how or where He does it.  Sometimes God speaks through life events.  Sometimes God speaks through other people.  Sometimes God speaks through prayer.  And yes, at least one time, God spoke through a shrub.  Please don't tell anyone that you might miss God if He shows up today.  Commit yourself to never missing God in any circumstance.  Be willing to stop what you are doing, no matter how important it seems at the time.  Be like Moses.  When you see or hear God, move closer to Him.  Make sure you know that it is God speaking.  It is only then, according to our Scripture, that God will truly speak to you.  When God speaks, answer like Moses.  Proclaim that God is amazing. Ask your questions privately to yourself.  Ponder all these things.  Then respond to our Lord by saying, "Here I am Lord" and watch what miracles God will do through you today!