Exodus 3:4 “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.'”
Moses exiled himself from Egypt because he had killed an Egyptian, who had treated two Hebrews harshly. Pharaoh sought after Moses to punish him, so Moses fled the country. While he wandered the desert hillsides outside of Egypt, Moses came to marry a daughter of the priest of Midian, Jethro. One day as he tended his flock, Moses noticed a bush that burned with fire yet was not consumed. When his curiosity peaked, he turned aside to investigate this strange phenomenon. When he did, God spoke to him from the bush, and He called Moses by name. God then told Moses to take off his shoes because he stood on holy ground in the presence of the Almighty.
Notice that the Bible says that God only called to Moses (spoke to him) after Moses had turned to investigate the burning bush. God did not call him prior to that moment. The bush had been burning a short while, but no voice emanated from the bush UNTIL Moses sought out the LORD. If Moses had continued on past the bush and never investigated this strange occurrence, God would not have spoken to him at that time. Moses had to make the commitment to see what God was doing.
Often times, God will put something or someone strange or peculiar in our path just to get our attention and test us to see if we will seek Him out. It was no different with Abraham. God called to him and told him to leave his father’s country. Jacob slept upon a rock pillow when God called to him in the middle of the night with the ladder reaching toward heaven. God uses wild and crazy things, dreams, visions, and people to arrest us. He wants to tell us the mighty things on His heart and what He has in store for us, BUT we have to be willing to seek out the LORD even when our brains tell us that what we see and/or hear seems contrary to logic, reason, or sanity. Now, we are to test the spirits to see if they are from God or the devil. If they are of the latter, we are to have nothing to do with them. However, Jesus said that His sheep know His voice and won’t follow another.
Are you seeking out God at every turn? Every day? Every moment? God says in His Word that we are to pray without ceasing. Prayer is a dialog not a monologue. Thus, two persons speak in prayer: God and us. One speaks while the other listens. IF Paul tells us to pray without ceasing, doesn’t that mean that God continually speaks to us, too? IF we close our mouths long enough and meditate on the Word, then we will hear what God the Father speaks to us via His Spirit. When God tries to grab your attention, investigate the situation and keep quiet long enough to hear what He says to you. You might just be surprised at how God shows up.
Father, this is the second day in a row that You have spoken to me about listening to You and being help captive by Your Word. This time you show me that You are always speaking to Your people, but Your people must be willing to seek You out. Your Word teaches me, “So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!” In the Psalms it says, “Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found.” Elsewhere it reads, “The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you.” I seek You, Dad, and desire to be found by You! Grab my heart and never let go! I will wrestle with You, as did Jacob, until You bless me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.