• Karen M. Peeler

Ordinary Moments

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:1-4

Moses had run away from Egypt, in fear for his life. Far away from his childhood home, He spent his days tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro. One day as he came to the mountain of God, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in the midst of a burning bush. The fire raged but the bush was not consumed. God manifested and Moses gazed upon this moment in amazement. Heaven appeared on earth.

Moses saw the bush, turned toward it, and engaged in the moment. Verse 4 says “when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look”, God called his name.

In this moment, during an ordinary day, in the wilderness, Moses responded to God’s invitation with a faithful, “Here I am”!

Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover 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 upon God. Exodus 3:5-6

Moses was born with purpose and destiny on his life but for eighty years he lived without an acknowledgment of the greatness God would do through Him. He was miraculously saved as an infant to live ordinary days. The life of Moses is a reminder, God prepares miraculous missions through ordinary moments.

When God spoke, Moses responded. He accepted the invitation to abide with God and learn His ways.

Once God noticed Moses had turned toward Him, He spoke (v.4). A relational God, reached out in a personal way as He called Moses by name.

In Exodus 4 the dialogue between God and man continues and the devoted journey of listening, joins active obedience as deliverance begins to unfold. The Father invites Moses to abide in Him.

The conversation between Moses and God was active. Moses had questions and God was the answer. The relationship between man and God once again required, a willingness to abide.

What if Moses had turned away and remained in the wilderness. He had a choice. We have a choice. Moses followed God and we have an even greater opportunity to Worship the Father.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. Hebrews 10: 19-20

The veil no longer hides the Holy place. In prayer, we can partner with the supernatural and stand around the throne. The room full of praise for the Father, twenty four hours a day has sent us an open invitation.

Jesus died to give us access to the Father. No longer are we separated from God’s presence by the veil. Boldly, we can enter into protected time with the Father, purposed to hear His voice and walk in His ways. Holy Spirit lives within us, and our prayers are powerful when activated by obedience to His voice.

Moses questioned what shall I say? And God assured him, he would not be alone. His voice would be empowered through "I AM". Deliverance would come through the power of God, but birthed through Moses’ humble obedience.

God continues to call people out of the wilderness and into a relationship with Him. Through His son we have total access to the throne. Holy Spirit living within empowers us to step out in faith and confront the pharoahs of our day.

Moses was commissioned to deliver God's chosen people. We have been commissioned to carry the power of the cross. But both stories begin with learning to abide.

Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Matthew 10:7-8

Moses stopped and turned toward God. Will you? Protecting time in the secret place, listening to His voice and responding in faithful obedience, opens the dialogue between heaven and earth.

Each ordinary moment is preparation for an extraordinary work God has purposed for us to do.

God prepares miraculous missions through ordinary moments.

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