When Moses was 80 years old, God used a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire to grab Moses’ attention. God may not use a burning bush to grab our attention today, but there are still many ways He can get our attention.
He can use the Bible to remind us how we should live. He can use family to encourage you and friends to challenge you. It could be through a pastor, or He could remind you of a verse that tells you what He needs you to hear.
The question is whether or not we will listen when we hear Him call.
Moses gave God 5 different excuses or objections why he couldn’t be the one God would use to free the Israelites. Moses said things like, “Who am I, to go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” (Ex. 3:11) and “Please, LORD, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Ex. 4:10) How often do we use those same excuses?
When we try to run from God and what He tells us to do, we are basically saying, “You’re not powerful enough, God, to overcome my fears.” or “I don’t trust you enough, God.” If we truly believe we serve an all-powerful God, then why do we keep hiding?
Fear of failure, self-doubt, uncertainty. Those are all things God can overcome. The same God who struck Egypt with plagues, and the same God who parted the Red Sea to free His people, is the very same God we serve today. If He can do those things, certainly He can give you strength to face your fears.
My “Burning Bush” moment was when a friend told me I should teach a lesson for the college Bible study we went to every week. Just like Moses, I used every excuse I could think of, including I’m not good at talking in front of people. However, my friend was persistent for 3 months, until I finally agreed to lead a lesson.
What changed my mind? My friend said that he could see me wanting to minister to girls, and he said leading the Bible study would be good experience for that. I had not yet told anyone that I wanted to minister to teen girls, and my friend said it was the Holy Spirit. After that, I knew there was no excuse I could make. God was getting ready to take me far out of my comfort zone, and all I could was trust that He would give me what I needed to see it through. Thankfully, in addition to using my friend to challenge me, God also used him to help me and support me.
I knew I was doing what God wanted, I knew I was prepared, and I knew I had the support of my friends (who were also all the people I was sharing the lesson with), but I was still terrified. God got me through it though. I was able to deliver the teach clearly.
I didn’t want to do it, even up until the moment before I started, but I knew I had to do it. I knew in the end I would be glad I did it, and I am happy I finally trusted God instead of running away. I learned a lot from studying the story of Moses at the Burning Bush, and I learned even more from stepping way out of my comfort zone and trusting God.
There is nothing God can’t do. There is nothing He can’t use us for. Following Him will mean we are taken out of our comfort zone. It’s the only way we will grow. If we stay safe in our comfort zone, it’s easy to think we don’t need Him. So cling to the promises He has made to us and step out in faith. It won’t be an easy road, but it will be worth it. You’ll be serving the King and getting to know Him better than ever before.
Your sister in Christ,