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Monday, June 5, 2017

Encounter God the King

We could look at any of the stories mentioned yesterday to see when they let God be King and when they did not.  In each of them, a pattern starts to emerge.  They go through a process where they decide and then follow through on their decision.  We’re going to look at this process a little closer so we can learn, through them, how to let God be King. We will look at Moses as an example because his story is well known.  Plus, it is detailed enough that we can see the process clearly in his own life.

One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. (Exodus 3:1 NLT)

Moses was not a strong “man of God” at the time of his God-Encounter at the burning bush.  Remember, Moses was hiding out in the wilderness because he was wanted for murder (Exodus 2:11-15).  Later, we will find out that his sons were not circumcised to dedicated them to The LORD (Exodus 4:20-26).  When he came upon the burning bush, Moses was not walking together with God.

There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn't burn up. "This is amazing," Moses said to himself. "Why isn't that bush burning up? I must go see it." (Exodus 3:2-3 NLT)

God, however, wanted to walk with Moses.  So, God did what was necessary to get Moses’ attention.  God does things to get our attention, too.  The question is not whether God is reaching out to us or not.  The question is whether we will notice God’s overtures and draw closer to see what God wants.

When the LORD saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, "Moses! Moses!" "Here I am!" Moses replied. "Do not come any closer," the LORD warned. "Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. (Exodus 3:4-5 NLT)

Moses wasn’t just encountering a strange fluke of nature.  Moses encountered the living God.

How about you? Are you walking together with God?  Does God want to walk with you?  Do you see The LORD reaching out to get your attention?  Do you draw near to God?  Do you encounter the living God?