H/T to Trisha Leigh Zeigenhorn (read here)
The God of the Bible reaches out in some way to every generation. He heals without being asked, He intervenes to set things right without any request – not often, because His purpose in every generation is NOT to set the world right, but to show His power and His love for us, so that those who don’t believe in Him, those who are cold toward Him, or afraid of Him, will see and know that He is real, and that He loves us, that He does reach out to us.
Every person whom Jesus healed eventually died. Every person He raised from the dead died again. So what was the use of His miracles? To show those who are willing to see, those who have a hunger for truth, righteousness, mercy, justice … to show them that He is God, He is able, and He is willing to receive into His Kingdom those who receive Him in this life, when they leave this life.
One of the ways God gets our attention is to show us startling things we can’t explain. He’s been doing this for thousands of years. Like the example in the link above. Yes, I know there was eventually a natural explanation for it … or was there? That assembly of conditions which caused that event, Who arranged it? Who created the worms and the bacteria and the weather and brought them all together at just the right time to present, to desperate men in that desperate moment of their lives, a “burning bush”?
What is a burning bush that doesn’t burn for us these thousands of years later? Ravi Zacharias said to an evolutionist something to the effect that any fact that contradicts your theory, but you can’t find an explanation for, is a burning bush.
Consider the “burning bush” that began the use of the phrase:
“Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, ‘I have to take a look at this great sight; I have to know why the bush is not burned up.’ 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.’ Then God said, ‘Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ And he said, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.” (Exodus 3:1-6)
As Ravi Zecharias or maybe the late Donald Barnhouse put it, a burning bush was nothing new to Moses. He saw a burning bush every morning when he made his coffee. But this bush wasn’t being burned up. That, Moses could not understand, and he just couldn’t let this go uninvestigated. So Moses took the most dramatic steps in his entire life, steps that changed the course of history as well as his own life.
When Moses started to approach, God stopped him, told him not to come any closer, and told him to take off his sandals because he was standing on holy ground!
This, of course, was when God sent Moses back to Egypt to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses resisted. After all, he had left Egypt on the run, with a warrant for murder chasing him. But when Moses went back to Egypt (forty years later) and did things God’s way, God brought events around to the point that there was an “earthquake of history”, and the Hebrews escaped from Egypt aided by many more non-flammable burning bushes which Jehovah provided. More on that another time.
It all started because God placed an unexplainable phenomenon where Moses couldn’t miss it, and Moses determined to discover the cause. God sometimes speaks in the same manner to those who don’t know Him even now, thousands of years later. And if we’re willing to investigate, we can find ourselves having an encounter with the Living God that will shake us to our core and change our lives forever.
That Scripture says that Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God. That’s a perfectly rational reaction. Consider yourself in the same situation: in unexpected contact with the most supernatural of all supernatural beings. How would you feel?
The whole point of God contacting people is that they don’t Have to be afraid of Him. If we reject Him, then yes, at the end of our lives, He will be what He didn’t want to have to be to us – a strictly just Judge with total knowledge of every motive, action, intent, and thought of our entire lives. I think most of us can agree that would not be a good thing. But God doesn’t want that to happen.
Whether or not you’re not a believer in the God of the Bible and in Jesus His Son, if you come across something that should not happen or should not exist according to logic or science, check it out. It just may be a burning bush that God put in your path to get your attention. Like the huge flaws, the gaping holes, in the theory of evolution. That’s just one example. Moses was familiar with fires and bushes. A burning bush in your life may well be something you’re familiar with, that suddenly changes in a way that makes you think you’ve stepped into the Twilight Zone.
Or if you’re the impatient type, don’t wait. Start talking to God and asking for burning bushes. And if you’re going to go that far, start reading the Bible, because, especially with those who already believe in the God of the Bible (as Moses did) God often speaks to us that way.
Just be ready to take off your shoes in a hurry. 😉