Have you ever wanted God to speak to you? There have been times I needed guidance and wished that God would just tell me already. And in an audible voice.
Wouldn’t that be cool?
Well…probably not until we got over the shock and fear and complete awe.
But we don’t get to hear God’s speaking voice today, like in Bible times. Today we get to “hear” God speak to us through “the voice of his word.”(Psalm 103:20)
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But back then God spoke audibly to many people. And in amazing ways.In our reading this week, God spoke to Moses. From a burning bush!
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. Exodus 3:2-4
As I read about Moses’ encounter with God here in Exodus 3, the Lord gave me insight into what it takes to have God speak to me, to us.
There were 3 things I noticed—
First, I noticed where Moses was.
Moses was right where he was supposed to be…fulfilling his responsibilities. He was in the desert doing his job, doing what he already knew he was supposed to do.
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. Exodus 3:1
If we want God to speak to us, we first have to be where we’re supposed to be…even if that’s the backside of a desert…and doing what we already know is right and in obedience to His will for us.
God wants us to be faithful to what He has already shown us is His will, before He will speak to us and share more of His will with us.
Makes sense to me. Would any of us, when teaching our children how to do laundry, for example, teach them about how to run the dryer if they haven’t first learned how to wash their clothes?
First things first.
And that’s what God expects of you, too—to be faithfully doing the first things He has already shown you to do.
Are you careful to be where God wants you to be, faithfully doing the tasks He puts before you in your home and in your job?
Are you reading your Bible? Every day?
Do you spend time with God in prayer? Real time—not just a minute or two—praying prayers that God will hear and answer?
Are you faithful to your church services? Are you involved?
We can’t expect God to speak to us if we aren’t where He has already shown us we need to be. God can speak to us anywhere—but His Word, prayer, and church are all places we can expect God to speak to us.
But if we aren’t there…even if He spoke, we wouldn’t hear it.
The second thing I noticed was Moses’ curiosity.
When Moses caught sight of this strange phenomenon, he was curious. He had to go see this bush that was on fire but not burning to ash.
Moses was aware that this was a miracle. And turned aside to see.
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. Exodus 3:3
God was doing something miraculous, and Moses wanted to be there.
Moses had a heart curious about the things of God.
He wanted to be close to whatever God was doing. And as a result, God spoke to him!
How curious are you about the things of God?
Do you attend worship services with an expectant attitude?
Do you want to learn all you can about God and how to serve Him?
Do you just read your Bible? Or do you search it out to find answers? To seek to hear God speak to you?
Do you want to go out soul-winning or working in Vacation Bible school or serving in other ways in your church…just to be able to be where God is working?
God tells us if we seek Him—and seeking involves curiosity—we will find Him!
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
If you seek Him, you will hear Him. In some way, He will speak to your heart just the thing you need at just the right time.
The third thing I noticed was Moses’ heart.
God did not speak until Moses had turned aside, turned toward Him.
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush… Exodus 3:4a
Is your heart turned to God? Or away from Him right now?
God won’t speak to your back.
No matter how hard you pray.
God knew He could speak to Moses because Moses was in a place of submission to Him. He also knew Moses would be willing to answer when He called his name.
…God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. Exodus 3:4b
When God called his name, Moses’ response was, “Here am I.” As if to say, “Here I am. At your service, Lord.”
In humble submission Moses waits to hear whatever God wants to say.
Is that your heart attitude when waiting for God’s direction or help? If so, keep listening, for God will surely speak.
Be where He wants you to be, doing what He currently has for you to do, and seeking Him in His Word and in His house.
You wouldn’t waste your breath speaking to someone who wasn’t listening. Why would God?
Give God your full attention and listen for “the voice of His Word.” (Psalm 103:20)
Drawing nigh to Him,
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.
Are you waiting to hear from God right now? What steps are you taking to be ready to hear Him when He speaks?