And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:2-4 (ESV)
How do you think you will hear from me? I’m not sure what you are asking of me. Will I shout to you over the noise of the world? Will I pull you out of the busyness of your life by making you come to a complete stop? You might, anything is possible. If I’m not paying attention, you might use just about anything to get my attention. Why is that? You love me. You don’t want me to go without hearing from you. That’s true. I want you to hear from me. I want to lead and guide your life. I want to guard and guide you. I want to teach and train you. I want to use your life to bear fruit for my Kingdom and bring glory to my name.
What will hinder or help your ability to hear me speaking to you? Being too busy will hinder me from hearing from you. Allowing my life to be constantly filled with noise will hinder my ability to hear you speaking to me. Thinking that I can bear fruit for your Kingdom with my own gifts, talents, strengths and abilities will make it very difficult for me to hear from you. Why is that? If I am self-centered, self-sufficient and self-reliant it is unlikely that I will ever develop the ability to hear from you. That’s right. I need to constantly remember that apart from you I can do nothing. What do you mean by, “nothing”? I mean that apart from you I can’t do anything that will be of lasting and eternal value. I can’t bear fruit for kingdom or bring glory to your name without relying on you for your help. You got that right.
What will you do differently if you want to hear from me? I will set apart a time and a place to turn aside to meet with you. I will quiet myself before you. I will listen to your voice. I will listen to your instructions. I will follow your guidance. As I continue to meet with you, I know that you will strengthen my ability to hear from you. Just as a muscle needs to be exercised to become strong so also my hearing and seeing needs to be strengthened to notice your activity. You will strengthen my hearing and sharpen my eyes to hear and see your hand at work all around me. Yes, I will. I will look for your activity even in what I might consider to be distractions in life. I will keep my ears open to whatever you want to say to me. That will be very good.
Lord, I will never allow myself to become too busy to listen to you. I will never allow the noise of life to drown out my ability to hear from you. I will make time every day to turn aside to sit and listen to what you want to say to me. Amen
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