Friday, March 07, 2014

Preparing for Easter ~ Place of Holiness

[Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations…from everlasting to everlasting  Psalm 90:1-2  
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore God’s Presence, our dwelling place. Are you dwelling in the presence of God? ~ Donna Howell Oswalt]


“He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. . . God called to [Moses] out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’” Exodus 3:2-5 ESV

While tending his father-in-law’s flock of sheep, Moses arrives at Horeb, the mountain of God, to find a supernatural phenomenon, a bush on fire but not consumed. God’s voice calling to Moses declares this place holy ground. God sees the misery of His people, captives in Egypt, and tells Moses, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh [to] bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Moses replies with various questions hoping, even pleading to be excused from this great mission. Before the bush of fire in the middle of the desert and kindled by the invisible, Moses encounters God, I AM, Yahweh.

The burning bush reveals God’s Glory and His Power, which Moses will need to accomplish this most unlikely mission. The Israelite’s oppression and protection is personified in the all-burning, non-consuming fire. Moses, an 80 year old shepherd, would become a symbol of humble passion and lead God’s people to their Promised Land. God promises Moses I will be with you! Jehovah, Yahweh, The One Who Is, when life seems ordinary, open my eyes to Your extraordinary Power. When my soul wanders aimlessly along familiar paths empty and thirsty, remind me of Living Water. Especially in my rebellion let me encounter Your Glory. Count me alive in Christ.  When You call me to serve in unexpected ways, tell me again I will be with you. ~dho

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