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One day, Moses was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, and Moses decided to lead them across the desert to Sinai, the holy mountain. There an angel of the Lord appeared to him from a burning bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire, but it was not burning up. “This is strange!” he said to himself. “I’ll go over and see why the bush isn’t burning up.”
When the Lord saw Moses coming near the bush, he called him by name, and Moses answered, “Here I am.”
God replied, “Don’t come any closer. Take off your sandals—the ground where you are standing is holy. I am the God who was worshiped by your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” Moses was afraid to look at God, and so he hid his face.The Lord said: I have seen how my people are suffering as slaves in Egypt, and I have heard them beg for my help because of the way they are being mistreated. I feel sorry for them, and I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians.
I will bring my people out of Egypt into a country where there is good land, rich with milk and honey. I will give them the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. My people have begged for my help, and I have seen how cruel the Egyptians are to them. Now go to the king! I am sending you to lead my people out of his country.But Moses said, “Who am I to go to the king and lead your people out of Egypt?”
God replied, “I will be with you. And you will know that I am the one who sent you, when you worship me on this mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt.”
Moses was a man whose heart was right for being used by God. This son of slaves grew up in the palace of Pharaoh himself. But in his heart was a desire to see the Children of Israel delivered from oppression. When he acted on that desire and killed an Egyptian, Moses ran away and lived as a shepherd for forty years. Then came the burning bush on Mount Sinai.
The next time Moses would come back to Mount Sinai he was shepherding a flock of at least hundreds of thousands if not several million people. This time there was no burning bush, but rather fire on the mountain and the Ten Commandments written by God on tables of stone.
If you are standing in front of a burning bush in your life and hearing God call you to Himself and His service, don't forget that the Glory Yet to Come is so much greater than what you know today!
We may see God's power in the flames of a bush, but the things that lie just ahead are so much greater.
"Lord Jesus I am amazed at Your power in the world around me, but I know that I can't even imagine how great You are and the unfathomable things still to come. Prepare my heart and mind to see, Lord Jesus, the Glory Yet to Come! Amen."