As I start this day, WordPress reminded me that it was 8 years ago that I migrated my blog from Windows Live Spaces that I had begun in 2005. I think back to the discussion I had with God when I had decided to start a blog and had to reset/restart that day in 2005 because He wanted the blog to go public, He wanted me to share my story in His story, and so began From 2005 to Eternity as my morning reading had been in the book of Revelation where the final judgment and victory won through Jesus’ sacrifice thousands of years earlier by sacrificing Himself on the cross. So today the journey towards eternity continues and so let’s live out this life in a way that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory through humility, love, obedience, and serving. Let’s live out today like it could be the day He is coming back. Yesterday is gone so learn from it and move forward. There is no guarantee of tomorrow. So let’s live out Happy Today! When people see us let’s be living out our lives so that we are pointing them to God! Let’s grab hold of the joy of the Lord being our strength! Let’s grab hold of how God’s mercies are new every day! With all of this let’s celebrate HAPPY TODAY!! No matter what happens because we are alive and this is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it!
Today’s reading comes to us from Exodus 3…
The Burning Bush
1Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4When the Lordsaw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6And 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 at God.
7Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
13Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.'” 15God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. 16Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”‘ 18And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. 20So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. 21And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”
–from Exodus 3
What will it take to get your attention? Would it have to be miraculous for God to get your attention? Would it have to be unbelievable? Would you need to be out of your comfort zone? Would you have to be getting to the end of yourself? How hard would things have to get before you would be able to or willing to turn to God and do what He has to asked you to do? How many trials would it take before you would give in and allow God’s will to take place? How long will you resist what God has planned? Will you allow the Spirit of God to soften your heart? Will you allow the Spirit of God to create in you a new heart? Will you turn to God and never give up that what He says is true and live out your life in faith, believing and trusting in Him?
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on the Academy or Education brings us the topic of the University of Kansas Seal. We learned how the school chose to have the image of Moses and the burning be the university seal. We learned how the burning bush is a metaphor for the pursuit of knowledge. We also learn about the accompanying motto in Latin “Videbo visionem hanc magnam quare non comburatur rubus” which in English translates to “I will see this great vision in which the bush does not burn.” which comes from today’s reading from Exodus 3:2.
‘And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. ‘
— Exodus 3:2
So are you seeking knowledge but looking in all the wrong places? Are you thinking that you desire knowledge but don’t know where to look? Turn to God! Ask, invite Him into your heart! Ask Jesus into your life! Allow yourself to be transformed and for the Holy Spirit to come in and provide you with wisdom and discernment, to be your counselor, your comforter, and your guide!
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
Thank You for this new day! Thank You for the hope and the truth that come from starting each day with You. Thank You for the reality that getting filled with Your Word to start my day helps me to be filled, energized and ready for the day ahead. Help me today Lord to live it out in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.