Exodus 3:1-6 – “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 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. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” 4 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.” 5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover 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 upon God.” NKJV
Most will never see what Moses saw but will have a “Burning Bush” experience where God clearly reveals His plan either for a particular moment or their life’s purpose. Some will have more than one and there will be a few that never equate any experience to a “burning bush” event. Many have and will use “fleeces” to try to determine the will of God, and that can be a very dangerous trend as would be flipping a coin or rolling the dice.
I have a friend, who several times tried to use the outcome of a Dallas Cowboys came as his fleece. He would say to the Lord, “If Dallas wins then I’ll know you want me to do this or that and if they lose I’ll know you don’t.” I pointed out that his “fleece” was completely selfishly motivated, and He was asking God to become involved in producing a win for his favorite team rather than seeking God’s will.
Another told me that, she told God if He wanted her to give a certain amount to missions she would know it was His will if she was asked out by a certain co-worker before the week was out. Again, selfish motivation and even making God a ……, well I won’t use the term, but something other than God.
However, a “Burning Bush” experience would be, as with Moses something so out of the ordinary that it is impossible to miss. You weren’t looking for it, but God set it before you and got your attention. Once He had your attention, He conveyed a message to your heart and you knew that you knew that you knew that God had said it. I was at a crossroads in ministry several years ago and could not seem to settle in my spirit which direction to go. The power had gone out at our house as well as the phone service, nothing worked. This had been going on for hours and I was working to secure a generator to hook up to the refrigerator and freezer to keep food from spoiling when the phone rang. I answered the phone, thinking that it had been repaired, to find that the person on the line was calling me from an area that I had thought about several times and carried a burden for but had never gone. It was almost like the Macedonian Call of Paul, they were asking that I come and minister in their area and suddenly the phone went dead again. I talked to the repairman and he assured me that it had not been working and would not be for several more hours. About, ten minutes later the same call came with the same results. That set me to praying and hearing God’s plan about that area and within two weeks I received a call from a church, in that area, asking me to come and consider being pastor of their church. As I hung up the phone I knew in my spirit that God had given me advance notice that that was where I was going. I went, and it was one of the most rewarding times of my life.
God does not always move in such unusual ways, sometimes He just nudges the heart. If we are people who seek His face and keep our hearts open to His voice and Spirit, we will know His voice. If we “seek first, His kingdom and His will”, we will recognize His direction. It may be something that was in our hearts or might be something new, but He will bear witness to it and give us PERFECT PEACE. Moses had a literal “burning bush”. We may have them in our hearts, but we can be assured that God is directing our steps and our lives if we will allow Him to do so.
What is the burning desire in your heart today? Have you considered that it just might be what God is wanting to talk to you about doing? The vision of my heart will not go away, it has not been fulfilled, but I believe that it will be before I depart this world. I continue to see bits and pieces of it come together year after year and, at times, I grow impatient but stop and realize that God doesn’t wear a watch or watch a calendar, He is Eternal and Infinite, we operate differently.
May God reveal to you His desire for your life and give you the Grace and Strength to carry out that plan. Blessings!