1) Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
2) And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3) And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4) And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5)And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6)Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
Isn’t just like the Lord to show himself just when we need Him or just when He is ready for us. When we think about it, when is the last time we have truly seen God work in our lives? Moses had been working in the desert now for 40 years since he left Egypt. The time had come though where God knew Moses was ready to be used.
It is ironic, but yet I believe it is part of God’s humor too, that Moses was in a valley beside the mountain of God when God Himself came to him. It is like that for us many times, we are in a valley right beside God; and we do not even realize, but then He shows Himself to us. Moses was already busy being a shepherd and was very good at what he did, and the Lord knew this. God honors hard work and looks for those willing to do a job—not just knowledgeable. Remember he came from the palace in Egypt and shepherds were looked down on, but Moses settled for this job and was content but maybe wanted more. God knew Moses could do more either way, and now Moses was going to get his chance.
How will we know we are ready to do a job for the Lord; and more than that, how will we know when God is ready for us are hard questions sometimes. Let’s look at this passage and answer them
I. He will get our attention (Vs 2-3)
– Reading verses 2-3, he saw a bush that was burning but not consumed.
– We are often going through struggles, but they are not consuming us like we think, and that is when the Lord comes to us.
– He used a thorny bush and not a giant cedar from the mountain of God to bring Himself across because many times He chooses to use the weaker things or people to get His will accomplished.
– We must make sure to stop and check things out when we notice something too. Moses could have kept walking; but he stopped, and that is when God got his attention.
– We need to be willing to stop and drop what we are doing to see what God wants.
II. He will make it personable (Vs 4)
– He called Moses by name, and Moses listened and did not give excuses.
– We can be busy in ministry but not busy for God and be doing things in the flesh.
– Moses had responsibilities but was going to drop them for the one that was the most important. We have to realize that God’s will and service to others are more important than ourselves. God needed him, and the Hebrews needed him to be obedient to God.
III. He will prove Himself (Vs 5-6)
– He will be there for us all along the way. He will never show us something and then set us free on our own to figure it out. God tells Moses this in verse 12.
– God is not on our level, but He makes Himself accessible to us for salvation first then our life long transformation into being like Him.
– Moses gave his excuses in verses 3:11-4:19; but God shut each of them down, and He will ours too. If He has called us to something, He knows already we can do it, but we have to have faith.
In conclusion: We need to make sure we are aware of our surroundings and when God shows us something, no matter what the task, we are to do it and not give excuses. We must have faith that He will take us through whatever it is and guide us and give us strength along the way and after even trust us with bigger things for Him.
– Luke 16:10; He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.