Last week, we looked at the beginning of Moses’ burning bush experience. We left off at Exodus 3:6 where Moses realized the identity of God and was filled with healthy fear. However, God wasn’t done with Moses.
The burning bush experience’s purpose wasn’t just to introduce Moses to the God of his forefathers. No, God had a calling for Moses and a job for him to accomplish. Therefore, we’re going to continue on in this riveting narrative and discover that holy ground is also where God reveals His calling.
“Then the LORD said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’”
Moses’ mission: bring Israel out of Egypt. While it may sound concise and simple, this was no easy task. Over two million people would need to be convinced to leave, and then they needed to be freed from an overbearing, fearful tyrant. Not an easy job!
However, before God gives Moses his calling, He explains the “why.” This is important to note. God could have just said go; He didn’t need to explain Himself. But it shows us (and Moses) God’s heart. It gave Moses the bigger “why” behind his mission. It wasn’t just because God said so, but also because God’s heart was grieved.
This doesn’t always happen. Throughout the Bible, we find that God doesn’t always reveal the reason behind His commands. Many times, Bible heroes have had to walk in faith and never know why God gave them a certain message or told them to do a specific task. But here in Moses’ calling, God gives him the “why.” He reveals His heart towards the people of Israel and, in doing so, sets the stage for what would become one of the most beautiful relationships between man and God throughout the Old Testament.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…back to our text for today. Moses’ call was clear. God said come. Chapter three could have ended right here. Although God knew Moses would have some questions, the conversation was intended to end there. It was time for action.
Although you may not realize it, God has a similar call for your life. He says, “Come, follow me.” You may not be sent to the Pharaohs of our day, but your call might be to go to your community or your unbelieving family. No matter where you are, God’s call is clear: “Come.” And like Moses, after hearing the call it’s time for action.
Have you had a burning bush experience, where God reveals Himself to you and also gives you a specific calling? Maybe your holy ground didn’t happen in one moment but over a period of time.
Often, when God reveals Himself in a new and profound way, He also gives a calling or impresses upon your heart a mission. God has a purpose and plan for your life. You were not created by chance. So if you haven’t found your specific calling yet, seek the Lord and ask for a holy ground moment. And in the meantime, obey the call God has put on all of our lives to “come, follow me.”
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Your turn: what’s your calling? How did God give it to you? Are you walking in your calling? If not, have you at least obeyed God’s call to “come?”
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