“Now Moses kept the flock…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. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush…” Exodus 3:1-4
Sometime ago when I was reading these verses here in Exodus, it struck me that as God watched Moses walking through the wilderness, He was favorably impressed when Moses stopped to take a second look at the burning bush. Check it out. There seems to be some significance placed on Moses’ turning aside to observe this phenomenon. My take on this is that had Moses merely glanced out of the corner of his eye and thought that sure is a strange sight, but had continued with his flock-watching, Biblical history would have been drastically changed. Perhaps God would have passed by Moses, and would have chosen to go on to someone else who would lead His people from bondage.
But Moses was in tune with God, and in His spirit he recognized this burning bush as being something on which he must focus. Scripture bears it out: when Moses took that action, God saw him and was pleased. The next step in His divine plan was set in motion: In an audible voice, God spoke to His man, Moses.
How often is it that God wants to talk with us, nudges us, shows us something extraordinary, or reveals a divine truth? Can it be that He watches our reaction to signs of His presence and decides whether to bless us with the next step…with hearing His voice. I want to be careful in this area, for I cherish the thought that God is watching me, is whispering my name, and that He wants to be involved with deeper and more intimate communication.
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