Moses, the man who led the people of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, once roamed the royal palace, the adopted son of the Pharaoh’s daughter. But Moses’ people, the people of Israel, had been enslaved by the Pharaoh and it was a condition the determined forty-year-old statesman would never accept.
But Moses’ dream of emancipating his people went off the rails. When one of his Hebrew brethren was being abused by an Egyptian, Moses went to his defense and killed the man. But no one cheered his ambition, and soon he had to flee for his life. He was to spend the next forty years dreaming of what might have been.
Moses, eighty years old and living in the arid and hot southern region of the Arabian Peninsula, had by this time become a humble shepherd. It was a mundane life for the once high and mighty. Never did he dream his last mission in life would be tending his father-in-law’s sheep!
But things were about to change. One morning, amid the stillness known only in the desert, a nearby shrub burst into flames. And suddenly, a voice. “Moses, take off your sandals. The ground on which you are standing is holy ground!” Come again? Holy ground? Yes, holy ground! God is present and that changes everything.
The hot-shot young Hebrew has become a seasoned shepherd, and he’s lost his bravado. When God tells Moses his lifelong dream is about to become a reality, Moses can hardly believe it. He is to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, God tells him, and all he can think to say is, “Who, me?” “Yes, you!”
And then comes this question, and it is the signature moment of Moses’ life. “When the Israelites ask who sent me,” Moses responds, “what shall I tell them? What is your name?” “I AM WHO I AM,” God replies. “You can tell them the I AM has sent you.”
And that is the turning point. Knowing God, up close and personal, and by name, changes everything. The brash young Hebrew is now an elderly, insecure shepherd, convinced life has passed him by. But his forty years in the wilderness have not been wasted. Finally, he is a man God can use.
Which brings me to this question. “Can God do for you what he did for Moses?”
The problem is that most of us have heard of God. We’ve been told of His existence; we acknowledge Him as Creator and recognize Him as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing about Him, however, is one thing; knowing Him is another matter entirely.
But as He did with Moses, God would like you to know Him, up close and personal. You, too, can have a “God moment,” a “burning bush” of your own; it’s never too late to launch a new beginning.
Jesus said, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” With our nation in turmoil, and the pandemic dominating our lives, it’s an offer that, taken seriously, could change the course of your life.
Like Moses, you may have spent the last forty years agonizing over what could have been. Perhaps sin, an error in judgment, or an unfortunate decision, altered your life and destroyed your hope of being the person you know you could be. But do not despair. God is more than able to take your past and use it to help you become the person who, without Him, you could never be. He can make it happen; never give up on your dreams!