Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. (Exodus 3:1)
The words “far side of the wilderness” caught my attention and has stayed with me since we started our Small Group Bible Study on the Road to Freedom.
Moses, at 80 years of age, may have felt that it was too late for him and that he was too far from God but God knew where to find him even on the far side of the wilderness.
Do you feel far from God? Do you feel like you are in a wilderness? There is nowhere that you can go that God is not there as we read in Psalms 139:7-12.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Then God used a bush that was on fire but did not burn up to catch his attention. What may God be using in your present circumstances to catch your attention? Is it fear of the future, sickness, disruption of your plans, loss, grief, rejection, tragedy, failure, disappointment, restlessness, loneliness or even boredom. Do you have that one line of the song by Peggy Lee playing over and over in your head “Is that all there is”?
God not only knows where you are He knows your name. When God saw that He had Moses’ attention He called him by name.
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” (Exodus 3:4)
God not only knows your name but He knows all about you as we read further in Psalm 139:13-16.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
God had a plan for Moses’ life, and God has a plan for your life.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10)
Don’t let the fears of the unknown stop you. God’s antidote to fear is His promise that He will always be with you and He will teach you the way to go.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32.8)
When God gets your attention and calls you by name there needs to be a response.
And Moses said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 3:4)
What will be your response?