~ Exodus 3:1-6
“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 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. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
Out of curiosity, Moses finds himself at the foot of Horeb, the mountain of God, staring at a strange occurrence. Every desert or savannah dweller know that when a bush is lighted, it burns. Our friend in Paradise California can attest to the ferocity of a raging fire. However in this case, with Moses at Horeb, there was fire, but the bush was not consumed. Moses saw the flame, but it was God’s Angel sent to engage his attention as strange as it was.
Curiosity prompted a closer look, and when Moses attempted to get a closer look, with his attention fully engaged on the burning bush, God called out to him and followed up with a distinct instruction. “Don’t come any closer, take off your sandals for the ground where you stand is Holy ground”. The common grazing ground was sacred because God of the universe had taken residence in it. Moses had been on that ground yet did not recognize it until God gave him the revelation of his sacred surrounding. It is possible to miss the sacredness in the everyday simple things, missing the times when God desires engagement.
God needed to establish reverent order prior to engaging Moses for the higher calling, from a simple shepherd to the shepherd of God’s people. Moses already knew the people and he already knew the terrain, having spent time in the royal palace of Egypt and time in the grazing fields of the Midianites, time was up to get connected to the divine in a way that connected all the dots.
How many times is the voice of God clearly heard and yet protocol is not followed, reverence is not shown, the sacred ground is not recognized, thereby missing the revelation for which God initially called out for engagement. Let reverence for God usher in the next dimension of His assignment.
January 23, 2019
“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain counsel.” ~ Proverbs 1:5