Life-Changing Encounters 6
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In the film, ‘the gods must be crazy,’ not only did a primitive tribe see a glass bottle dropped from an airplane and believed it was a gift from their gods, but they also heard the sound of a motor vehicle pass and thought, this must be a strangely big animal (they, of course, had never seen a car before, all of the moving objects they knew and saw were animals). When I saw a running television set for the first time, I asked myself, what kind of box is able to capture and show activities that are occurring in a location thousands of miles away from my current location. The amazement of seeing an exiting object or event for the first time never leaves the mind – we are able to replay the occurrences over and over again.
In Exodus chapter 3, Moses encountered one of these ‘first times’ when he observed a bush that was on fire but never burned. Strange, was an easy word to describe what he was witnessing. Impossible, was probably a more appropriate description. How anything, let alone a bush, could be on fire and not burn, was completely a site to behold, for anyone.
In this experience, Moses discovered that he was not mad, after all, the occurrence he was witnessing had supernatural connotations. God had intentionally pulled him aside for an assignment, and the best way to get his attention was to first prove to him that He was the Lord God Almighty. In verses 4-6, the Bible says:
When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
From this moment on, Moses would never be the same. He was no longer the murderer who fled Egypt for killing and Egyptian who was mean to his fellow Israelite. He became as bold as a lion, facing Pharaoh directly and dishing God’s instructions to him. He was a fugitive, but not anymore, he was now god to Pharaoh who was, before now, looking to punish him for homicide. How amazing can it be when an encounter with God suddenly changes your status!
We all need this kind of encounter, don’t we? Don’t we aspire to be instruments in the Hands of God to deliver the oppressed from their oppressors? Don’t we want to dish out holy decrees and joyfully watch as they come to pass? Don’t we want to be God’s solution sources to people around us who are in need? Don’t we want to be God’s mouthpiece for generations of people in our lifetime? God spoke to Moses mouth to mouth, a rare relationship between God and man. Don’t we aspire to be one of the few who would ever enjoy this closeness with our Creator?
The burning bush experience may be rare, but God has not changed. He is looking for people like us who will show the meekness and obedience of Moses. There are still Pharaohs in this world, and there are yet Israelites to be delivered. God is looking for instruments to use for setting the captives free. Are you available?
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