This week as part of our series ‘Encounters’, we looked at Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush in Exodus chapters 3 & 4. On an ordinary day when Moses was going about his regular work as a shepherd God did something extraordinary to draw Moses to Him. God will use whatever means He thinks is necessary to get our attention.
The first thing Moses experienced when he met God at the burning bush was God’s holiness. We must never forget that God is completely holy and that only through Jesus making a way can we approach Him.
When Moses encountered God at the burning bush God told him to do a task that seemed beyond him. Moses was told to go back to Egypt where he had fled from forty years before, to approach Pharaoh and rescue the Israelites. Moses puts up excuses, just like we often do when God tells us to do things that we think are beyond us. But God created us and knows us completely so He knows what we can do and as with Moses, God promises He will be with us.
An encounter with God will change us. It reveals our sinfulness, our fear, our lack of faith, our false security. But it also reveals the power and magnificence of God. It brings reassurance to us, that God is the I AM, the One who will be with us. If we have truly encountered God we are changed. We are changed so that we are ready to do His will. We are changed so that we can bring change. This happens to Moses. The Moses who left the burning bush was different, he was ready to obey. He returns to Egypt ready to do everything God tells him to do.
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