I want to share the story of Moses and the burning bush.
Please read: Exodus 3:1-17 New International Version (NIV)
Moses and the Burning Bush
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.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jesuits. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.
16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
GOD'S VOICE ~
Moses knew to go
Moses knew to stop and listen
Moses wondered who am I
GOD'S VOICE ~
You and I might wonder about God's voice. Some are confident it's God and others question like Moses. Who am I? If we could only just go when we know it's right, stop to listen and obey God. Somethings I just know are God without a doubt and others I wonder. In the land of wonder, we miss out on things ahead. Sometimes we need to jump at something and just give it a try. In that try, it is God moving us to a new level. If we confused, then we need to wait. Confusion does not come from God. In my own life, usually my first thought is what I am to do. If I stop to ask others, I get confused at times and I miss out. I do know that God uses me in others lives too. It's time to step up and obeyed him in every way.
One example, years ago my husband wanted to leave our church. I just knew we must stay there. I don't him I felt God wanting us to stay. He felt I was wrong. I ask a leader of the church and was told I must listen to my husband. I kept praying and seeking God. I told my husband no, I can't leave this church. He was seeking God too and realize I was right. After that, I began teaching a Wednesday night class for women where it changed not only my life but so many others too. Our yes to God is important and we do need to seek God before taking a step.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. If you wonder about God's voice, it's often that still small tug on your heart and you knowing just to do it!