Life Lessons Devotional Series, Wednesday April 26, 2023
Scripture: Exodus 3: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. 2 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. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 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.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, 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.
Life Lesson: God can employ any situation in life as a means of speaking His truth into our hearts and minds. Live your life with a willingness to look for opportunities to meet with God or to investigate situations wherein God may be at work.
– God has a way of getting our attention even while we go about our daily routine. For Moses this was just another day shepherding his father-in-law’s flocks, however God was about to manifest Himself to an unsuspecting Moses.
– Daily routines can become tiresome, mundane and monotonous, yet they serve a purpose and the truth is each new day is another opportunity in which to meet with God or to experience God in a fresh and more intimate way.
– The description we find in Genesis that God walked in the Garden in the cool of the day was depictive of a perhaps daily routine wherein God walked with Adam and Eve and yet unfortunately at this time they hid from the Lord due to their sin, Gen. 3: 8.
– The redemptive work of Christ has made it possible for us to once again walk daily with the Lord, yet we can take that reality for granted and not bother to avail ourselves of the Lord’s presence and counsel.
– We can also look intentionally for special encounters with the Lord but in order to do that we have to be willing to investigate things that might be part of our normal routine yet seem out of the ordinary. A bush on fire in the dry wilderness would not be that unusual yet Moses went over to look closer. Elijah also learned this lesson as the wind, fire and earthquake lashed the mountain, yet God was not in them. But when the whispering voice spoke, Elijah knew that it was from the Lord and went out for a closer look.
– Live with the expectation that God wants to speak to you. Look for any opportunity to draw closer to God, yes even through what may seem to be the mundane.