Exodus 3:1-6 (ESV)
1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Moses may have started the day thinking it was just another day, in a long string of ordinary days working as a shepherd, forty years’ worth at this point. However, this would not be an ordinary day. Not only did he encounter a burning bush that was unchanged by a fire that should have consumed it, but he encountered the living God who called him by name.
Moses’ initial reaction was one of curiosity when he decided to investigate the bush for what must have been a strange sight to see. His next reaction was one of submission when he responded to God calling him by name, saying simply, “Here I am.” and implying he was ready to do what was asked of him. His reaction was one of obedience when he kept his distance as God commanded of him. Finally, his reaction was one of reverence when he hid his face showing his fear of God.
It’s unlikely that any of us will encounter a burning bush or even hear God call us by name this side of heaven. Our best opportunity to encounter God is to regularly read his word. During this Lenten season, I challenge you to spend time in God’s word each day, approaching it with curiosity, submission, obedience, and reverence, and expecting to encounter him in a powerful way.
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we want to encounter you more fully and have the assurance that you know us by name. As we read your word, speak to us. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.