A Bush Not Consumed
Daily Devotional for October 15th
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. Exodus 3:2-3
Out of all the ways the Lord could have appeared unto Moses, it amazingly was a burning bush. Of course, none of us really know why, but the story of Moses gives us some insight. Moses knew he was a Hebrew and refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses’ attempt to kill the Egyptian soldier revealed a call of God in his heart to deliver the Israelites out of bondage although he may not have known it at the time.
After the Egyptian soldier dies by his hand, Moses flees from the very place he needs to be; where he is called to be. Have you known God’s will in your own life, but tried to fulfill it without His help and it didn’t turn out the way you thought it should? You’re not alone friend. Not only is he out of Egypt, but he has made himself a life totally apart from his people. But the call of God is powerful! When God calls you, He will equip you to fulfill His will. God finds Moses, not only out of Egypt, but on the backside of the desert which is as far away from Israel as he could be. This is what happens when we try to do God’s will in our own strength. We become spiritually exhausted and burnout.
Moses is now eighty years old. He most likely has come to a point of no longer having his own strength to lean on. Not only this, but he has taken on the humblest job that could ever be. He is a shepherd. Moses could have been looking over his life at this time and wondered here I am eighty years old, away from my people, and have nothing to show for my life than a shepherd.
Here we have a burned out exhausted man gazing upon a bush not consumed. The fire blazing upon the bush should have consumed the bush, but instead it seemed to protect the bush. No wonder there was such amazement from Moses. We look at men and women today who become so drained from ministry. Why? It’s possible that they have tried to fulfill God’s plan their own way. The Holy Spirit will not empower you this way. You will become exhausted spiritually. Our confusion is knowing the call of God is burning within us, but knowing not how to perform it. This is where most people are in their Christian lives.
When the Holy Spirit burns upon us, we will not be consumed. John the Baptist declared that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with Fire. When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, He will perform the work if we will simply obey. Moses could have needed this vision to help him realize that the presence of God would not consume him, it would only protect him. If you are in ministry, you need to be guarded by the presence of God. The Holy Spirit will perform the work through you and in the process, will not consume the bush; you.