Moses in one of the most influential men in the Bible. What he was able to accomplish while on this earth is truly amazing! He wrote the first 5 books of the Bible, freed God’s children from Egypt, was used to part the Red Sea, met with God on Mount Sinai and returned with the Ten Commandments, and led the construction of the first Tabernacle (just to name a few things). It’s hard to imagine a Bible without Moses!
But where did his ministry begin? It began on the backside of the desert as God spoke to him through the burning bush!
“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” (Exodus:3:2)
It’s easy to look at this story and get excited about what God is about to do with Moses… but I want to focus on the bush. The Bible doesn’t really tell us much about this bush. We don’t know how big it was, what color it was, if it had flowers, or even what kind of bush it was. It was just a bush!
Although there didn’t seem to be anything special about this bush, God still used it for a very important task! He needed the to use the bush to get Moses’ attention so that He could talk to him about his plans.
“And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.” (Exodus:3:4)
At this point, God was able to talk to Moses and explain what he expected of him. Then Moses left for Egypt and his amazing ministry began! But it all started with the bush…
You see? The bush didn’t seem to be anything too special. God didn’t give the bush legs to run over to Moses, nor did He give the bush a mouth to call out to Moses. God wanted to use the bush exactly how it was… with one exception! The bush was set on fire for God!
Oh what an impact we could have if we simply desired to be set on fire for God! J Frank Norris once said, “Lord catch me on fire so they world can watch me burn!” Too many of us are trying to make sure our voices are perfect for singing in the choir, our sermons have perfect alliteration, and our clothes look sharp for services… but don’t have a true desire to be set on fire for God! All those other things are good, but without the fire of God on our lives, what good are they??
The burning bush was an amazing experience that God used for a great purpose… but what if the bush wasn’t on fire for God? Remember, the only reason that Moses noticed the bush in the first place was because he saw the fire of God on it! He walked by that bush every day as he watched his sheep, but he was never interested in the bush until it was on fire!
Here are a couple things we can learn from this bush…
1) The bush was solitary – It wasn’t part of the popular crowd. I was in the desert all alone. If you want the fire of God on your life, you need to find some time alone with God
2) The bush was stationary – It wasn’t able to move around and do everything it wanted to do. Too often, people are always talking about serving God one day when they get to a certain point… We need to realize that God wants to use you where you are already!
Let’s simply strive to have the fire of God on our lives!