by Faye Schmidt
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The angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush (Exodus 3:2).
Our reading commences with the vision of Moses, tending a flock of sheep in a remote area far from anything or anyone. There are many ways we can be in the same situation – and not necessarily physically. Remoteness and being apart are often products of our inner sense of being. When we are in such a situation, God is always seeking to engage with us so that we may know him.
For Australians at this time of the year, we would be horrified that starting a fire in the bush was the way to attract our attention. This must have also been in the mind of Moses. Being in the wilderness with his flock to protect, he would have been aware of the ravages of a fire getting out of control. And we know this was the first thing he feared as he immediately identified that the bush, whilst on fire, was not actually burning up – and he went over to the bush to have a closer look.
Having now obtained his attention, God called to him by name. God now had Moses’ full attention. Moses was ready to listen.
How much we need to recognise this fact – God knows us by name. Our God is not remote. He came down to Moses to attract his attention and speak with him. God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to walk in our world so that he could die for our sins, each of us individually, personally.
What form will the ‘burning bush’ take in my life? What will it take for me to stop, hear God’s voice speaking directly to me, and listen? Will it be through an event, a friend, reading the word of God …?
Again, we are reminded in this passage of Scripture that it is God’s will that we all know him and the Son he sent to die for our sins so that we may be made right in God’s sight through love.
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for always seeking us out to reveal your love for us through Jesus. May the Holy Spirit open my eyes and ears to your call to me. Amen.