Getting a closer look, Acts 7:30-33:
30 ‘After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: 32 “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look. 33 ‘Then the Lord said to him, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
‘’As he he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say…’’ (31). Sometimes you become acutely aware that God is wanting to get your attention. Initially, you may not know what it’s about, but you sense that there is something you need to understand, even though you can’t quite get a handle on it at the moment. It may literally be a sight in nature that grabs your attention. Every common bush is ablaze with the glory of God, if we can but see it. All creation points to Him (Psalm 19/Romans 1:19, 20). It is, in one sense, all ‘’holy ground’’. I remember a pastor saying that he’d recently put up a bird feeder in the garden opposite where he sat and had his ‘quiet time’. He told how he’d learned so much watching those little birds. As in the title of a John Stott book, the birds had been his teachers. Then, there can be seasons where you feel that, while it is important to read the whole Bible, you just have to ‘camp out’ for a time in one particular passage. The Lord seems to say so much to you through it every time you turn to it. It could even be a single verse that grabs you forcibly and refuses to let go. For a long time, as I prayed for our church on a Saturday evening, I felt I had to stay in Isaiah 60. The themes in it became the content of my requests. It somehow seemed ‘prophetic’ for us at the time, and in after years I could see at least some of these prayers being answered.
When you come to that place where you sense God has something to say to you, it is important that, like Moses, you position yourself to get a closer look. As Lent approaches, maybe you might consider showing your hunger for God in a material, tangible way: ‘Lord, what are you saying to me?’ ‘What is this change I feel in the air?’ ‘Please speak to me; make your way clear. I am ready to do your will.’ Lent can be just a religious tradition for many, I know. But how powerful might these next few weeks be in the lives of those who genuinely pant after God? Seek Him with all your heart and you’ll find Him. Draw near to Him and He’ll draw near to you. But never take an encounter with God lightly. He’s truly is ‘awesome’ – a word which is too frequently and lightly used today.
Take a closer look… and remember, this is holy ground.
PRAYER: Lord, make my life like that bush – so ordinary in one way, and yet supernaturally burning, and burning on. May people turn aside to see this miraculous fire you have lit, and meet with you. Please use me for your glory.