How to hear God

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.”4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.” – Exodus 3

Woah.  God did not speak to Moses from the burning bush until he turned aside and looked.  If Moses would not have turned to look, would God have spoken to him?  Maybe not.

Am I turning?  Am I looking for God or am I just going about my business and waiting for God to interrupt me?  Maybe he interrupts me several times a day but I don’t turn to look.  Maybe he puts things in my way in an effort to get me to look for him.  I wonder if there are any burning bushes that I will encounter today?  I wonder if I will blow by them.  In my intensity, I can easily ignore the burning things.

Another reminder to live with less intensity and more intentionality.

May we turn toward the burning today.

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