GOD IN THE BURNING BUSH
“And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.” (Exodus 3:2 NKJV)
While the children of Israel were groaning and crying under the heavy yoke of Pharaoh the King of Egypt, Moses whom God had ordained for their deliverance was far away in Midian tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian.
Although Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s palace as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, yet when he became of age, he “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.” (Heb. 11:24-25 NKJV).
Having killed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew (one of his brethren), Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh who sought to kill him (Exo. 2:11-12).
Moses undoubtedly had a fervent passion to see his brethren delivered from the oppression of Pharaoh, but he had no divine vision or understanding of how God would use him for their deliverance from the house of bondage, Egypt.
While in Midian, Moses had completely lost his passion for the deliverance of the Hebrews in Egypt. He had also lost any sense of God’s purpose for his life. He had obviously settled down in Midian as the shepherd of the flock of Jethro.
But one remarkable day, while Moses led the flock to the back of the desert and came to Horeb, the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. Moses could not resist turning aside from the flock to see the great sight – why the bush was burning with fire and yet the bush was not consumed.
When God saw that Moses had turned aside from the flock to look at this great sight (the bush burning, yet not consumed), God called to Moses from the midst of the burning bush and commissioned him to return to Egypt to bring the children of Israel out the bondage of Pharaoh. That was the day Moses began to understand and fulfil his divine purpose in life!
From the midst of the burning bush, God called to Moses, saying, “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” (Exo. 3:9-10 NKJV).
Does God still speak to us from the midst of “the burning bush?”
Yes, God still does!
God still uses “the burning bush” today to draw our attention to His unique plans and purposes for our lives, to open our eyes of understanding, and to rekindle our dwindling passion for His plans and purposes for our lives.
Many believers today, like Moses, have given up in despair after one or two futile attempts or efforts to step out and fulfil their God-given vision, mission or calling, which may be as a result of setting out at a wrong time, or being overly zealous without adequate preparation or knowledge of the calling or mission, or as a result of lack of divine wisdom on how to go about it.
Many servants of God today, like Moses, have fled from their duty posts, mission fields or places of divine assignment because of fear, failure, frustration, defeat, discouragement, or disappointment.
Many believers ordained or appointed by God for the deliverance of some peoples, tribes, communities, or nations are presently somewhere far away from their mission fields and places of divine assignment completely engrossed or immersed in mundane affairs.
It will undoubtedly take “a burning bush experience” for such people to wake up out of their spiritual slumber, and like Moses, to turn aside from all distractions to step into their God-ordained purpose or destiny in life.
Sadly, God is calling out to and speaking to many believers today from the midst of the burning bush, yet they are not paying any close attention.
Apparently, God’s purpose for setting the bush (which Moses needs and depends upon to feed his flock) on fire was not to consume the bush but to catch Moses’ attention and rekindle his passion for his primary purpose or calling in life.
Similarly, when God sets your “bush” (your object of focus, devotion, or affection) on fire, He is simply seeking to draw your attention to what really matters most in life – God’s purpose for your life.
Most times, the trials, challenges or crises we face in life are just God setting “our bush on fire” to get our attention and to give us new direction in life.
But unfortunately, rather than turning aside from all distractions to draw closer to God like Moses did so that we may clearly see His vision and hear His voice, we often seek for someone to blame, or someone to fight for our situation, or seek for quick fixes.
Beloved, carefully examine your life today.
Is there any “bush” you hold dear to you strangely burning now?
That may be God calling to you as He called to Moses from the burning bush!
Don’t ignore God’s voice and continue to pursue your selfish ambitions, dreams, desires, or goals in life. God has a great and unique plan and purpose for your life that will impact or affect many lives, destinies and generations.
When God set Moses’ bush on fire, Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” (Exodus 3:3 NKJV).
This is what God expects of you today when He sets your bush on fire!
Friend, why not turn aside today to see and hear what God has to show or say to you from the mist of “your burning bush?”
Your obedience may eventually result in the deliverance of many souls, families, communities, or nations.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, grant me spiritual discernment to see and to know when You are setting my bush on fire in order to get my attention and to give me a new direction in life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.