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A Burning Call
by Omaudi Reid
12/21/13
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Read: Exodus 2:11-26; 3:1-10

Exodus 3:3 – And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

Certainly, the burning bush was a moment of destiny in Moses' life. After fleeing from Pharaoh, who wanted to kill him for murdering an Egyptian, Moses settled down in Midian. He even got married to the daughter of a priest name Jethro, and had a child. Moses was satisfied in his new home. Over time the pharaoh Moses fled from died, and the children of Israel cried out to God because of the bondage they were in. God heard the cries of his people, and the time had come for him to fulfill the promise he made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to make the people of Israel a nation.

Think on this - while Moses was at comfort with his new family, something was brewing. God's people were crying out to Him, and God was taking notice, and getting ready to change their situation. It's amazing how we go from day to day in the comfort of our lives, while bigger things are taking place. You or I may be the one God will send to answer the prayers of a suffering nation. In the dessert taking care of his father-in-law's sheep, Moses did not know what God was about to do. God would eventually use Moses to deliver the Israelites from the bondage in Egypt, but first God had to get Moses' attention. He did it with a burning bush; a bush on fire but not being consumed. Intrigued by the phenomena, Moses began to take a closer look at the bush, and that's when God spoke to him.

God is moving by his Spirit all around the world, setting people free, and empowering his children. We all have a part to play in God's grand plan. If we are unaware of our function, God has his way of getting our attention, just like he did with Moses. God will trigger our inner curiosity – our thirst for the things of God. At the moment when Moses began to investigate the burning bush, God initiated a conversation with him. God called, and Moses answered “Here am I”. God said to him, take off the shoe from off your feet for the place where you stand is holy ground. When God calls us to new things, there is always something that must be left behind.

The business of God's kingdom is larger than our own lives. God creates a burning desire in our hearts to seek and do his will. When God calls, let us answer “here am I”, and when he commands us to leave something behind, let us obey.

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