Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:1–10, NIV)
So how do you think you would have responded if you saw a bush that was on fire, yet did not burn up, then from the bush a voice spoke?
Moses was a sheep herder because he left his life as the adopted son of Pharaoh to get away from a role he did not want to be in any longer. How do you think he reacted to this sudden calling, interrupting his attempt to “get away” from it all?
In what ways does God call us to tasks he has for us today? In what ways do you think it would be easier to be called through a burning bush? In what ways do you think it would be more difficult?
If you read all of the story for today, you discover that Moses really did not want to perform the task God has for him, trying several times to get out of it. Why are we, like Moses, hesitant to fulfill the things God has called us to do? In what ways has God proven that following him is a trustworthy endeavor and not to be feared?