Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Make It Real through God’s Word

Yesterday, we saw that Moses Encountered God at the burning bush even though Moses wasn’t walking together with God at the time.  Moses probably wasn’t even seeking God at the time, but God was seeking him.  So, God got his attention with a burning bush.  Then God began to speak.

"Do not come any closer," the LORD warned. "Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your father--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3:5-6 NLT)

Moses knew that he was in trouble.  After all, he was a murderer!  God sought him out and now here he is, barefoot, with nowhere to run.  He is encountering the living God.

Then the LORD told him, "I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey--the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached Me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. (Exodus 3:7-9 NLT)

God had a message to share with Moses, so God communicated in the way Moses understood.  God spoke to Moses with words.  Sometimes I forget about this.  The God who created the heavens and the earth, who still holds all things together, who is everywhere at the same time, takes the time meet us where we are and speak to us in a way we can understand.  God uses words.  Praise God!  These words brought hope and encouragement to enslaved Israelites.  These words also brought a job to Moses.

Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead My people Israel out of Egypt." (Exodus 3:10 NLT)

How about you?  Do you read or listen to God’s Words in The Bible?  Do they bring you a message of hope?  Do they bring you a specific calling from God?  Do you make your faith real through God’s Word?