1 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.
The story of Moses is intriguing to us today. While tending the flock of his father-in-law, Moses comes upon a bush that is on fire. And he hears a voice; a voice that knows his name. You may know the rest of the story, that God is the one speaking to Moses in the burning bush and asks Moses to return to Egypt to free the Israelites who have been enslaved there. Notice that Moses “hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.”
Pastor David writes, in The Deep End (p.25), “All of these things are happening and Moses is still not convinced it is really happening… Now, what does that say to us about Moses?... Perhaps more importantly, what might it say to us today as we wrestle with our own questions and doubts?... We might say this. If you’re waiting for a sign, it’s possible that you are wasting your time… If concrete proof is your goal - even if you were to receive it - you may not be completely convinced. You might still be exactly where you may find yourself right now, struggling to understand and wrestling with the notion of belief.”
Why do you think when we long for God’s presence, as Moses did, we are at times skeptical of the signs of His presence? Do you find it encouraging to know that Moses struggled with this, just as we do?
Holy God, thank you for your grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me more faith in you and more assurance in your love for me. Amen.
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