Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
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.
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
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.
Often when I read familiar stories of great Bible characters, I try to imagine myself in their shoes. In that place – that situation or circumstance – where we see them in the Bible…and then imagine my reaction. The fact that Moses did not panic or overreact when he came upon the burning bush, I believe, says alot about his personality. He was not frightened but intrigued – even hopeful to discover something miraculous.
However, verse four says much about Moses’ relationship with God. When a voice called his name out of a burning bush, Moses answered. Moses knew the awesome ways of his God – perhaps even recognized his voice…at the very least, knew he was being spoken to. Would I have even heard the Lord’s voice? In my panic, excitement or even trembling, would I have missed the voice? And, if I did hear His voice calling my name, I think my first reaction would probably have been more one of doubt, disbelief or maybe great fear.
That makes me wonder……can I hear His speaking to me today? No, I don’t expect He will call my name from a bush on fire – but I do believe He still speaks to His children. And often it is in that “still small voice”…..but will I recognize His voice? Is our relationship intimate enough that I not only hear Him speak to me, but recognize Him and then am able to answer, “Here am I.”
Certainly that is one of my “resolutions” for this coming year.