Monday, September 5, 2011

Burning Bush

I'm reading a book by Steven Furtick entitled "Sun Stand Still".  It's based on Joshua 10 when in the midst of a battle, Joshua realized he needed more time to finish the fight.  In front of the entire nation of Israel, Joshua had the audacity to ask God to stop the sun.  Can you imagine?  Just stop the sun in the middle of the sky!  What's even more incredible is that God did it!

Joshua 10:12-14 (The Messsage)
The day God gave the Amorites up to Israel, Joshua spoke to God, with all Israel listening:
   "Stop, Sun, over Gibeon;
   Halt, Moon, over Aijalon Valley."
   And Sun stopped,
   Moon stood stock still
   Until he defeated his enemies.
 (You can find this written in the Book of Jashar.) The sun stopped in its tracks in mid sky; just sat there all day. There's never been a day like that before or since—God took orders from a human voice! Truly, God fought for Israel.

The book is all about having this kind of audacious faith that dares to ask God for the impossible.  Joshua's mentor was Moses.   Not bad, huh?  Of course, now it's easy for us to look back and say Moses was an extraordinary man.  Joshua was a shoo-in to have that kind of faith.  But we forget that Moses and Joshua alike were both ordinary men.  A human just like you or me. 

The first time God appeared to Moses he showed up in a bush that was burning but didn't burn up.  What we don't talk about is what Moses was doing at the time.  If you look at Exodus 3 you'll see he was taking care of his father-in-law's sheep.

Exodus 3:1-2 (The Message)
Moses was shepherding the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the west end of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God, Horeb. The angel of God appeared to him in flames of fire blazing out of the middle of a bush. He looked. The bush was blazing away but it didn't burn up.

He was just living an ordinary, mundane life.  He didn't even have a flock of his own!  I have one of Dad's Bible's.  In Exodus 3 where he has many verses underlined, he has a sticky note. 

Dad's note reads:
Moses would need more than a burning bush to deliver Israel.
Every time Moses had an encounter with God, he learned something new.
Look back on your life.  How have your experiences expanded your knowledge of Him?

I feel this was straight to me from Dad.  All my experiences have led me to this point.  My knowledge of God has expanded but I have so much more to learn!  If only I could learn to see God in the mundane everyday experiences!  How many "burning bushes" have I failed to notice?

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