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. (Exo 3:1-4, emphasis mine)
As I was reading this morning, I was struck by this passage. What caught my attention was that God called unto Moses after he turned aside to see the burning bush. God had given him a peculiar sign in order to catch his attention. But God did not call unto Moses with His voice until Moses paid attention to that sign. What would have happened if Moses just kept going on his way? Would God have given Him another sign to try to catch his attention?
As I was meditating on this passage, I thought “how often do I miss God’s unique signs to me because I am too busy with…?” Am I willing to take the time to “turn aside” and enter into God’s presence so that He can speak to my heart? It takes effort to be quiet and still before the Lord, clearing my mind of the distractions of life. Yet, is there anything really more important than Him?
I am also reminded of this passage from Luke:
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luk 10:38-42)
Be still, and know that I am God: (Psa 46:10a)
Seeking to be still and hear God’s voice,