The Burning Bush

(Photo from flickr:  Huluppu Tree
Exodus 3:1-5:
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> his father-in-law, the priest of Midian,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> the mountain<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> of God. There the angel of the Lord<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> appeared to him in flames of fire<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> from within a bush.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”> Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> to him from within the bush,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”>
“Do not come any closer,”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”                                                                                  

As far as I can tell, there was nothing exceptional about the bush that caught on fire. It was not a “holy” bush. It wasn’t a direct descendant of the tree of life. The food that it may or may not have produced didn’t have special magical qualities known throughout the world. It was just a bush in the middle of the wilderness where the ground was good for sheep to graze.

Until God showed up. Then the bush and the ground surrounding it became holy. They became set apart for God’s purpose for God’s kingdom. It wasn’t holy because of what previously happened there. It wasn’t holy because of what Moses had done to make it so. It was holy because God showed up and made it that way.

Here is the beautiful thing for our lives today: God is still showing up in unexpected places and working. He keeps doing it in my life and the lives of those around me. He wants to perform miracles in your midst. You just need to be ready to notice. 

God does not perform these miracles of burning bushes just to show you that he can or to make you feel better. He used the burning bush to call Moses to something enormous. He is calling you to work in and for His kingdom as well. Don’t mistake the miracle for the call to faithful obedience. The goal isn’t to see miracles, the goal is to see God.

So go and seek after God and watch for places that become holy ground because God is there and He is calling out to you!
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