Encounter

There is no more significant goal or purpose in life than to know the God who created you. Until we get this one thing straight, nothing else in life will matter much.

Life is not meant to be squandered by wandering but built upon an eternal relationship with God with purpose.

God plans to prosper you, to give you a hope and a future. That future extends beyond the here and now and leads you into eternity. All of this begins with knowing God and to know God is to engage with Him regularly.

In Exodus 3, Moses has an encounter with God that will change the trajectory of his life. So the first thing we can learn from Exodus 3 is how being faithful in the small things leads to big things!

Faithfulness unlocks doors that talent alone cannot!

Jesus said, whoever is faithful with a little will be faithful with much, Luke 16:10.

What if Moses took the attitude of, this task is below me, or I’m too important to do something as simple as being a shepherd! He would have missed out on a divine setup that led to step into God’s will for their lives.

Keep being faithful even if it feels like no one notices. The hard work of faithfulness is worth the reward.

This passage also teaches us that getting alone with God sometimes means getting away from others. It’s the busyness of life that can distract us from engaging with God.

Getting alone with God is providential! Go wherever you need to go to get alone with Him because the experience will be life-altering. Unbeknown to Moses, leaving Midian and heading east would take him on a direct path to meet with God!

As he moves his sheep from pasture to pasture, he sees what first appears as an ordinary sight, but the closer he gets, he recognizes that this is anything but ordinary. He observes as a bush is on fire but is not being consumed. His curiosity that draws him closer.

Suddenly from this burning bush, a voice calls out and says, “Moses, Moses!” Then, without further revealing His identity, God teaches Moses about the holy nature of His presence.

We should never approach God’s presence casually or as ordinary. Holiness separates God from all that He created. God does not need to be holy because God is holy.

To be holy means that He must do something to obtain holiness, implying there’s a moment when He is not holy. God is holy by Divine nature.

We, on the other hand, are born into sin and are inherently and intrinsically unholy. Nevertheless, God wants to spend time with you so much that He makes provisions for us.

The request to remove his sandals provided Moses with a ceremonial act that made it possible to draw near to God. Your footwear is the dirtiest part of your being. It was symbolic of our sinfulness.

By instructing Moses to remove his footwear, God accepted that act as a sanctifying gesture. Moses was no more holy without shoes as with shoes, but God declared Him holy. This was to remind us of how HOLY God is, lest we forget.

Today we have unrestricted access to God because of what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross and raising from the dead!

It is more essential now than ever that we enter into God’s presence regularly. There are more opportunities to be overwhelmed in life, and the only remedy is time with God.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…” James 4:8

The door is open at all times, and He is never too busy for you.

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