Meditation

06/30/2021

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight—-why the bush does not burn up.’ 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 our 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.” (Exodus 3:2-6)

The messenger from God appeared in a flame. The messenger and God Himself could not be distinguished. The messenger appeared, but God spoke. Moses was afraid to look at God. Burning bushes in the hot desert were not unusual event, but the unusual event for this event was that it did not burned p. Moses found himself in the presence of the living God, who spoke to him, revealing both the nature of God and His purpose for Moses and the nation.

Unless Moses had been alert to a slightly different occurrence in his daily routine, he could have missed the revelation. His willingness to explore a specific even led him into a divine human encounter which changed his plans for ever. God reveals Himself to those who are alert in the routine of their day, who in the ordinary tending of their schedule suddenly discover eh Presence. Go turns the ordinary into the miraculous to reveal Himself and His will. Lives are redirected by the One who prepares us (even in the wilderness) to use our gifts in His will.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You are able to catch the eye of one working in the mundane work of their daily lives, and reveal to them Yourself and also Your plan, using them and their gifts, to affect the world around them. It is in this that we praise Jesus’ precious name and that we pray Your will is done. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Church is not just some place you go, but something that you become.”

KNOWING GOD:

And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelite’s, ‘In the future when your descendant ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the people of he earth might know that the hand of the lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” (Joshua 4:20-24)

A physical monument can be God’s instrument of revelation. God had a stone memorial set up so Israelite parents and teachers could instruct new generations about the great even by which God brought Israel into the Promised Land. Twelve stones on dry ground were constant reminders that God keeps His promises and purposes faithfully. This event was not limited in the significance to Israel. It revealed God’s ultimate goal of making Himself known to all peoples of the earth.

I AM:

They keep saying to me, ‘Where is the word of the Lord? Let it now be fulfilled!’” (Jeremiah 17:15)

People wait anxiously to see God’s word fulfilled in specific human events. For the Hebrew, deliverance was a very concrete human experience, not an abstract thought. “Word” (Hebrew – dabar) means word, matter, thing. God’s words were not abstract propositions but concrete promises which took on reality at God’s bidding. The unfulfilled word made the people doubt Jeremiah’s calling as a prophet. Jeremiah complained to God and then had to preach and wait.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’” (John 11:40)

Jesus assured two very close friends (Mary and Martha) that their belief in Him and His power would allow them to see the fullness of God’s will revealed in their brother’s recovery from death. God’s glory is the full manifestation of His power and presence. He told them this, before He raised Lazarus from his grave, to reveal His power, that extended even over death itself.

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