Pastor Tim Romero
Exodus 3:2–4 (ESV): 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, "I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned." 4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
It's often in the wilderness when we are all alone that God finally gets our attention. It isn't that He isn't speaking beforehand it's that we aren't in a place where we can hear. May we seek those desolate places where we can hear the voice of our God.
After growing up and killing a fellow Egyptian Moses fled to the wilderness for Pharaoh sought his life. He came to a well in Midian where he met the seven daughters of Reuel (also known as Jethro), one of which became his wife. Her name was Zipporah and she bore him a son named Gershom which means "stranger." What a picture of who Moses was, a stranger in a foreign land. However he was content to dwell there.
Then Moses had an encounter with God. He was in the wilderness shepherding his father-in-laws flock when he saw the Angel of the Lord (Jesus) appears in flames in the midst of the bush and then he saw the bush burning but not consumed. It wasn't until he turn towards the bush that he saw and heard God.
Often we are so preoccupied with the ordinary to see and hear the extraordinary. It comes when we are content and alone. God spoke to many in the wilderness, Abraham, Elijah, John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul and the Apostle John to name a few. Perhaps there is something to the wilderness. It's called solitude, being alone with God. Jesus often went to a desolate place to pray. Find that place for yourself. Get alone with God and let Him speak to you. When you purposely turn to Him in this way you can be sure that He will speak to you!
Father we thank You for the reminder to get in the secret place where we are seeking nothing but You. Sometimes You put us there so let us not despise it. Give us hearts to turn and ears to hear what You desire for us. We want nothing more than to be all that You have called us to be. We turn to you even now, speak for Your servant is listening, in Jesus name, amen!