In Exodus 3:2-4 we read the story of Moses and the burning bush. This is where Moses received his divine call and discovered God’s will for his life. But there is an interesting detail recorded here that many people miss.
God never shouted out to Moses from the bush, “Hey, you—Moses! Come over here. I have something I want to say to you!” Instead, God waited until verse 4. It says when the Lord saw that Moses turned aside to see, then and only then did God speak to him from the midst of the bush.
I have often been asked, “Why doesn’t God speak to me?” I think many times the reason is so simple—we aren’t listening! We are often so busy and in such a hurry that we rush right past the Lord and never stop to give Him our attention. I wonder how often we miss an encounter with God or a word from heaven simply because we’re too busy to take the time to “turn aside.” I have met some Christians who feel very sorry for themselves because it seems like they are always being forgotten and passed over. They ask, “Is God angry with me? Doesn’t He love me? Aren’t I special to Him?” My friend, perhaps God has just been waiting for you to slow down and “turn aside.” When is the last time you blocked out an hour or a whole day, just to be with God and to listen to his voice? Maybe it’s time for you turn aside.
This is Daniel Kolenda
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