Angel of the Lord, Flames of Fire Within a Bush
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. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight–why the bush does not burn up” (Exodus 3:2 NIV).
This was God’s attention-grabber!
Here was a man, Moses, who for forty years was satisfied to be a shepherd in the desert. He had run away from the scene of action, or more truthfully, he had no other option. Though he may not have realized it then, God was using these years of desert experiences to mold him into the leader he was to become. These years in the shadows were his preparation ground. There was a task ahead. But Moses was content to lead a quiet life with his family. And there needed to be some spectacular thing to get this man’s attention; especially considering the fact that he had seen the glorious wonders of Egypt before.
Therefore the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire within a bush. And it achieved its purpose. Moses was interested immediately. What would you have done if your were in Moses’ situation? It is quite possible that you would have been interested and gone to look. But you are living in the 21st century. There are many colorful gadgets competing for your attention. Will you be able to distinguish God’s attention-grabber from among them? This is a very important question. For God is always trying to get your attention. But you have been satisfied to be where you are; not at all concerned about the task ahead. So look around. Are you seeing any strange sight? It could be God’s attention-grabber!