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Yes Lord, Here I Am

And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:2-4 (NKJV)

Looking at the verses above, I can’t help but be in awe of how God works through the common things and people of the world. God could have used Moses forty years earlier when Moses had the power and the fleshly ability to be a great leader by man’s standards. But He didn’t! In fact, He did just the opposite, as He led Moses to a forty year prep school as a sheepherder in the Midian Desert. God was preparing Moses to have a proper attitude and a servant’s heart. 

God used a simple bush to speak to Moses. It wasn’t this mighty redwood—it was just a scrawny, frail bush. And according to the world’s view, Moses was kind of like this bush. Moses wasn’t a prominent person; he was an older man who tended sheep—a job of disgrace in the world’s view. Most would have thought Moses was washed up, but not according to God. 

We can glean much from this story. God wants to use each of us to do amazing things, but He wants to be sure we are humble and for it to be clear to the world, He is the One who is to be glorified.

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NKJV)

Another cool example that we get from the story of the burning bush is this — it didn’t burn up. The fire didn’t devour the bush, and this is because the bush wasn’t the source of the fire, God was. Again, it is the same with us; we can’t be on fire for God because of who we are, or what we do—the source of the fire within us can only be from the Holy Spirit. We are just the modem with which God works through to work His will. Our whole part in this process is simply saying, “Yes Lord, here I am,” when He calls upon us, and then to abide in Him (cf. John 15:1-11).

I want to encourage you for this New Year. Let’s not strive, or try to be God to others, rather let’s allow God to be who He wants to be, and to accomplish what He wants through us—allowing Him to be glorified. Let’s get out of His way, and simply choose to be a humble vessel, saying, “Yes Lord, here I am.” Let’s seek His power and will through prayer and the reading of Scripture. As we do, we will have a peace beyond all understanding and we will find we are walking with Him and not ahead of Him. 

STUDY QUESTION: Reading the verses from Corinthians above, can you see why God is choosing the way He does?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow God to work through you regardless of your past, or your abilities?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Seek to rest at the foot of the Cross and humbly serve our Lord. It is when we lay down our agenda, our striving, our fears, and our apprehensions that He can begin to do amazing things through us. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your Word, and the amazing examples You have given me through it. I acknowledge that it is You who works through me as I willingly yield to You. Help me to remember not to strive as I see the needs around me.  Help me to seek You and to allow You to guide me in all of my ways. May it glorify Your Son, for we ask this in His name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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