There are accounts of personal encounters with God sprinkled throughout the Bible. This week we will spend time looking at some of those accounts and exploring how God spoke to ordinary people – like you and me.
When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
“Here I am!” Moses replied.
We can read in the book of Exodus how God had big plans for Moses’ life right from the beginning. So when God started talking to him from a bush that was burning, but not being consumed – those of us looking on from the outside aren’t terribly shocked. But from where Moses stood on the mountain that day, things looked very different. Moses probably viewed himself as the guy who runs away and hides…not a guy God would call out to finally lead His people out of slavery. In fact Moses tried to tell God that he was the wrong guy for the job. He had all sorts of excuses – he didn’t speak well, the people wouldn’t listen to him… But God persisted.
Moses might have counted himself out of the running for the job God had for him. But God didn’t. He called him by name. Moses could have let his insecurities and past failures drown out God’s voice, and we might be tempted to do the same. We point out our deficiencies. We recall our sins. We sense that we are already disqualified and so we think it can’t possibly be God’s voice we hear calling us to do bold things. But just as God persisted with Moses, he does the same with us.
What is God calling you to? Have you perhaps already disqualified yourself? Don’t let those fears and doubts drown out God’s voice. Listen closely for Him. He’s calling your name too. All you have to do is say “Here I am!”