Short Thought continued.....
Being found by God
‘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.
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.”
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.’
(Exodus 3:1-4 NLT)
Moses, after fleeing from Egypt and his adopted family, has come to a
place where he’s perhaps content with life: he’s been welcomed into a
new community and family, has a wife and son and is a shepherd.
But God seems to have other plans for Moses.
When God appears in an inexplicable way, Moses pauses to take a closer look.
As God calls his name, Moses recognises God’s voice and responds by saying “Here I am!”.
Moses listens to God’s request.
He then chooses to move on from his content life to faithfully follow God into the unknown.
Over the next forty years Moses witnesses and experiences God in awesome ways;
their relationship deepens and Moses matures into a wise leader.
All of this happened not because Moses went looking for God,
but because God came to find Moses and Moses paused to look, listen and respond.
If God came to find you, would you recognise Him?
Or would you be so consumed with your life, agenda and busyness
that you’d be in danger of passing Him by?
Or would you be too fearful to come closer, would you run the other way?
If God had other plans for you, plans which would deepen your relationship with Him and
grow you as a person, would you pause to look, listen and respond by going with Him?
Prayer: Father God, help me to not be so content nor consumed with life that
I pass you by without recognising You and miss responding to your best plans. Amen.
Thought: Am I open to God finding me?