Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though 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.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
EXODUS 3:1-6 NIV
Sometimes we miss God because we are too busy to stop and ask questions or ponder the situations around us. Moses was an ordinary man, doing a mundane, menial task on the far side of the wilderness when he had his encounter with God. What does the far side of your wilderness look like? What kind of snares are you encountering along the way? Sometimes we are going through rough times when we have our encounter. Moses was puzzled by the fact that the bush appeared to be on fire, but not burning up, so he asked the question “Why” and decided to proceed forward. God was making himself known, I believe, because Moses chose to be alert, aware, inquisitive, and insightful.
Is God setting you up for an encounter with the people he surrounds you with? Notice that it was AFTER Moses approached the bush (took action) that God revealed Himself. We need to watch for opportunities, sometimes even the odd, out of the ordinary things, to see God at work. Are we walking blindly, too concerned with our own agenda? Or do we approach God with intrigue seeking answers? When Moses became aware of God’s presence, scripture says he hid his face because it was so humbling. To be sure, when we are in God’s presence, there is no room for pride. Here are my take-aways: (1) Look – be aware (2) Inquire (3) Encounter God/God reveals Himself (4) Humbling experience (5) We are never the same
God, forgive me of the pride that keeps me focused on my own agenda, rather than yours. Help me to have eyes and ears to see and hear you, as well as the needs of those around me. Help me to have a child-like faith that inquires of you and recognizes your voice. Help me to be bold to take action. I want to encounter you! Amen!
Pam Ellis, Connection Group Leader/Kidz CX Team Member/First Impressions | Murrysville Campus