Friday, December 28, 2007

Moses Guided by God

1Now 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.
2And 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.
3And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4And 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.
5And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6Moreover 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.
7And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Armorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
9Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
10Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Exodus 3:1-10, King James Version

What had happened to Moses? Where was this child who had been saved from death by being placed in a basket lined with pitched and placed in the Nile to be discovered by the daughter of Pharaoh? 40 years has passed since Moses fled from Egypt after killing an Egyptian for beating an Israelite. They were 40 years of oppression for the children of Israel. Had God forgotten them?

In Exodus 3 we find Moses, the shepherd, tending the flocks of his father-in-law on Mount Horeb. The angel of the Lord comes before Moses in a flaming fire; Moses only sees a bush burning and yet not being consumed by the fire.

When Moses turned aside to see this great sight, the Lord called to him out of the burning bush. I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. How did Moses respond? And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

God had not forgotten Moses or the children of Israel. Does it seem that God has forgotten you? Has it been years since you have felt the comforting presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in your life? The years are as nothing to God; God is not affected by time because He is timeless.

God had a greater purpose for Moses than that of attending his father-in-law's sheep. Now was the time!

Through the burning bush, we find Moses guided by God to become the rescuer of the Israelites.

What is God's purpose for your life? Have you been immersed in your life and the things of this world so much that you have forgotten your greater purpose for being here? Go to God; plead with Him to restore you to full fellowship with Him and guide you into a life of service to Him. Moses was called to completely abandon the life he was living and to return to Egypt. However, that is not necessarily the way God guides our lives. Usually He leaves us right where we are and calls us to be a light in the darkness around us.

Moses, guided by God, returned to a life of complete submission and service to God. We know that the life he was called to lead was filled with many burdens and trials, and yet look at the precious relationship he had with God. Christ is all; the joy we share with Him is more precious than anything this world has to offer.

God Bless You,

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