God is a God who loves to get our attention when we are dulled by life’s ordinary days.  It might happen through a great experience, a good conversation with a person we don’t normally see from day to day or it might be in times that are challenging to us where we don’t see a way out.  No matter what our day looks like, God has a way of getting us to stop, pause for a moment and look at the extraordinary actions of God while gaining a new perspective or even a new direction on a new path HE wants us to follow.  God has done that for Randy and I many times.  I’m sure God does that for you—just like He did for Moses. 

Stop and look right now!  Stop, pause to remember and praise God in gratitude for those burning bushes that sent you in the direction that God wanted you to go.  What lessons did you learn along the way? 

What doubts did you have when you first heard of the change in direction? 

Who went with you? 

Was obedience immediate? 

When you said yes, did you watch God clear the path as you joined Him in His work? 

And finally, who have you told? 

What great testimonies we have about God who gets our attention with His plan to follow Him in His work!  What a privilege it is to follow our God! What great lessons we learn along the way!  What a Mighty God we love and serve!  How amazing it is that God, who can do anything, asks us to join Him in His work all because of his great love and passionate care for us! 

Who have we told lately of what God has done and is doing in our lives as we follow His will?  What IS our story of God working in us?

Moses tells His Story of God working in Him…may we learn from Moses just how great God is.  God was, is and always will be God.  And we are not.  God is I AM—since the beginning.  Bear that in mind as we read and learn.

Exodus 3, The Message

1-2 Moses was shepherding the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the west end of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God, Horeb. The angel of God appeared to him in flames of fire blazing out of the middle of a bush. He looked. The bush was blazing away but it didn’t burn up.

Moses said, “What’s going on here? I can’t believe this! Amazing! Why doesn’t the bush burn up?”

God saw that he had stopped to look. God called to him from out of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

He said, “Yes? I’m right here!”

God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.”

Then he said, “I am the God of your father: The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”

Moses hid his face, afraid to look at God.

7-8 God said, “I’ve taken a good, long look at the affliction of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their cries for deliverance from their slave masters; I know all about their pain. And now I have come down to help them, pry them loose from the grip of Egypt, get them out of that country and bring them to a good land with wide-open spaces, a land lush with milk and honey, the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.

9-10 “The Israelite cry for help has come to me, and I’ve seen for myself how cruelly they’re being treated by the Egyptians. It’s time for you to go back: I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the People of Israel, out of Egypt.”

11 Moses answered God, “But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

12 “I’ll be with you,” God said. “And this will be the proof that I am the one who sent you: When you have brought my people out of Egypt, you will worship God right here at this very mountain.”

13 Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the People of Israel and I tell them, ‘The God of your fathers sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What do I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”

15 God continued with Moses: “This is what you’re to say to the Israelites: ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob sent me to you.’ This has always been my name, and this is how I always will be known.

16-17 “Now be on your way. Gather the leaders of Israel. Tell them, ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I’ve looked into what’s being done to you in Egypt, and I’ve determined to get you out of the affliction of Egypt and take you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, a land brimming over with milk and honey.”’

18 “Believe me, they will listen to you. Then you and the leaders of Israel will go to the king of Egypt and say to him: ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness where we will worship God—our God.’

19-22 “I know that the king of Egypt won’t let you go unless forced to, so I’ll intervene and hit Egypt where it hurts—oh, my miracles will send them reeling!—after which they’ll be glad to send you off. I’ll see to it that this people get a hearty send-off by the Egyptians—when you leave, you won’t leave empty-handed! Each woman will ask her neighbor and any guests in her house for objects of silver and gold, for jewelry and extra clothes; you’ll put them on your sons and daughters. Oh, you’ll clean the Egyptians out!”


Moses, once privileged adopted son of Pharoah’s daughter, is now humbled as a sheep herder for his father-in-law. He is also “on the run” for murder of an Egyptian.  We can’t leave that out of his story.  In his humbled state of mind, God gets the attention of Moses through a brush fire that doesn’t hurt the bush that is on fire.  What?!  God loves doing the impossible.  It’s His nature and character.

It seems when we are humbled; we are more attentive to God.  God knows that about us.  God gets our attention in ways that open our eyes to see what we’ve never seen before with ears to listen with understanding beyond our current thinking.  God comes to us where we are and leads us out of spiritual stagnation.  He provides ways for us to grow as we move forward in maturity, learning to think and behave more like He does.  Jesus taught us these ways of living a lifestyle guided by God’s Spirit that help us today.  (See Matthew 5-7—Sermon on the Mount).

Dear Friends, God always has an exit plan from where we are to where He wants us to be.  Always.  Why?  Because of his great love for us. 

Our response?  Stop and look.


I love the story of how you brought your people out of Egypt.  Movies have tried to portray Your story but nothing compares to reading every detail for ourselves with your Holy Spirit guiding our every thought as we read.  So much more is here to meditate on while measuring our own faith and followership of You.  Thank you for this lesson of our attentiveness to you.  Help me to stop and look all day long today.  Speak to my heart, your servant is listening for you.

In Jesus Name, for Your Glory, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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