Moses encountered God at the burning bush. He took off his sandals, drew near to God, and listened to what God had to say. This all went well until God had something for Moses to do. God explained to Moses what his part of God’s plan would be. Moses struggled. This moved Moses into the next stage of the cycle: make it real.
Moses made sure his God encounter was real. He believed in the one true God. That wasn’t a problem. He wasn’t sure the one he was talking with, however, was that true God. So, he asked questions. When he struggled with his part of God’s plan, he asked more questions. He raised objections. He asked for signs. When God met him every step of the way, then he spoke with his brother, Aaron. He went with Aaron to speak with the elders of Israel. They all believed, too. Now there were no more hold ups. There were no more objections. There was nothing else to hold him back. God had given Moses and assignment. Now, it was time for Moses to live it out.
Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.'" (Exodus 5:1 NIV)
Moses and Aaron did what God called them to do. They went together and faced the most powerful man in the world of their time. In fact, Pharaoh considered himself to be not only the king of Egypt, but a god as well. Moses faced Pharaoh. Moses delivered the message. Moses lived it out.
How about you? When you experience God, do you work through the process of making it real? Do you remove all doubt so you can move forward? Do you removed just enough doubt so you can move to the next stage? When you encounter God, do you make it real and then…live it out?