The first lesson of the burning bush is to approach the extraordinary with curiousity and inquiry. When Moses saw the bush not burning, he was attracted to figure out why. And when he went over, he encountered God. Are there any unburning bushes around you?
1 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.”
God uses signs and wonders to communicate with people. I’m reading the book of John right now and as I see him establish his public ministry Jesus uses miracles and signs to demonstrate his power and identity with the people of Israel.
God is interested in getting our attention. Are we interested in exploring who he is?
God got my attention when I was a teen through a boss who showed interest in me when others did not. He acted differently than a boss might and his behaviour got my attention. I walked toward it with inquiry and found Jesus when I did.
Often when we see or hear things which appear to be too good to be true, we ignore and move on. We are tainted by the world. We have seen Criss Angel and David Blaine or David Copperfield. Slight of hand and illusions have us skeptical.
Yet God still works and unburns bushes. He still puts love into the hearts of his church to reach out to people with no strings attached. He puts acts of kindness into the hands of his people to surprise their neighbours. And he still does miracles in the lives of unsuspecting people to show his mercy and power.
When you see an unburning bush, walk over.
And if you already know God personally,
Let him light you up to unburn for others to see…