What! No Burning Bush?

January 26, 1997
by Shelley Mullin

Exodus 2:1-4 – During this time a man from the tribe of Levi married a woman of his own tribe, and she bore him a son. When she saw what a fine baby he was, she hid him for three months. But when she could not hide him any longer, she took a basket made of reeds and covered it with tar to make it watertight. She put the baby in it and placed it in the tall grass. The baby's sister stood some distance away to see what would happen to him.

I hear people saying things like God told me to do this, or I had a vision, or I had a dream. These people have been given a specific job to do by God. I often feel like I must be a failure because I am not receiving these wonderful visits by God telling me what I can do for him. I don't ever remember having a vision. Certainly I never saw a "Burning Bush". Does this mean that God is not using me? I don't think so. Moses saw the burning bush, and delivered God's people out of Egypt at God's request. But did you ever read that God told Moses' mother to save him, in whatever way possible? No, not in so many words, but he conveyed it to her in some way. Surely if she had had a vision, or a visit by an angel, that would have been written. But was it simply that she wanted to save her child? Was this just a mother looking out for her child, or was God conveying his message to her just in her heart, save this child, and giving her the idea of how she could do it. Consider what would have happened if Moses' mother hadn't found a way to save him: God would not have been able to use Moses.

So remember that, even if you don't have visions or dreams, or even if you are not sure that you have ever heard the voice of God, he is using you where you are, for whatever his purpose for your life might be. He has predestined you to do something, but don't expect miraculous things. Just be happy to serve him, however he wants you to.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, use us for whatever purpose you have in mind. We don't need a burning bush or heavenly visit, all we need is the knowledge of you and what you would want done, and then we can serve you as we are, where we are. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Shelley Mullin

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