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 3:4 NIV).
God called out to Moses only after He had seen that Moses had gone over to look at the burning bush. What would have happened if Moses had not gone over to look? God might not have called out to him. See, the lesson is quite obvious. Only when you respond to God’s attention-grabbers, will He call out to you. Aren’t God’s attention-grabbers all around you? Have you gone over to look? Yes, God is only interested in people who respond to His attention-grabbers.
The second thing is that God called to him from within the bush. For God was in the flames as the angel of the Lord. There is a need for you to understand that God speaks to you from within the attention-grabbers itself. His Presence is there already. And when God calls like that, know that the call is very important. There is an urgency about the call too. Giving attention to that call cannot be ignored nor should it be postponed.
But you need not look up to heaven and wait for God’s voice to be heard. Instead, if you listen, you’ll hear God speak to you from within whatever God has used to grab your attention. And anything from the cry of a needy child to the devastating sight of the aftermath of an earthquake can be God’s attention-grabber. Are you listening?
Moses not only listened but responded to God’s call, saying “Here I am.” In other words he was available to God. What matters first is your availability; obedience comes later. It is an attitude which says, “I am here and ready. Now speak, Lord.”