Exodus 3:2-4 “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.”
Far too often, we are told we are insignificant, incapable of moving the masses, let alone those closest to us. We may feel a sense of passion for the message we carry, yet, those who hear seem to be unmoved. Then, that same voice accuses and condemns us unworthy, or even worthless.
Sound familiar? Our enemy, the devil is a master at deception and manipulation. He sees our struggles and capitalizes on our weaknesses. We wonder then if God hears us at all.
Think about the man Moses. In this passage, he was already out of Egypt nearly 40 years. He had run from his criminal past of murdering a man. He had married and became a shepherd. It was on this day, that God decided it was time. Time to call Moses to Himself.
It was no accident that when he fled Egypt, he came back to his heritage; his people. Under the influence of his father-in-law, a priest of the Levites, Moses heard the accounts of those who had gone before him. He heard of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He was told the account of Noah and the flood; the tower at Babel and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God was at the center of those accounts. He was worshipped.
Then, in his daily routine of life, God came to Moses to call him for a specific task – deliver My people from their bondage in Egypt. At times, I wonder why God chose to use us at all. What with our sinful nature, our sinful desires and our sinful choices, He could do a much better job and get the job done in short order.
Yet, the wisdom of His choice cannot be lost to us. Throughout the Bible, God uses a man to do His will. We read of the patience of a Job. Far more than his patience was the testimony that led up to the testing God allowed him to go through. Had he not been and man of deep faith; wholly given over to serve God, Job would have curled up and died or worse stood up and cursed God as the devil tempted him to do.
Noah and those of his day never saw rain, let alone the flood that came as God brought His judgment that day. Years of faithful obedience in building the ark amidst the taunts and jeering of those around him, Noah continued to trust God and witnessed a deliverance of epic proportion.
God has not ceased to call men to His service – we have truly failed to listen. I know all too clearly what happens when I try to do God’s work in my own power. Oh, I may see a few that despite my fleshly attempt to preach or teach without the Holy Spirit’s fullness, leadership, guidance and power.
I find a very clear picture of this in the account of the maniac of Gadara. Everyone in the area knew of this man possessed of demons. His destructive nature and wild behavior had left its mark on the area. Whenever he came, people feared; they shut and locked their doors. They tried to tame him; even chain him. Nothing worked.
Possibly in his lucid moments, he would cry for help. Those compassionate souls who would try to help could not overpower or overcome him. Then, Jesus came. And when this man met the Lord, a miraculous transformation took place.
Luke 8:35 “Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.”
The whole countryside who knew this man; feared this man; saw the wake of destruction he left in his path – now saw him sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. One man, Jesus; made the difference. But the account does not end there.
The man begs Jesus to take him with Him.
Luke 8:38-39 “Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.”
There was a far greater purpose than delivering this man from the demonic possession that bound him. He was commissioned to be a witness of the very miracle of which he had been a part. That transformation from maniac to man; from demon-possessed to God commissioned wrought such fruit that we just might mioss it if we don’t stop to take notice.
In verse 40 we read:
Luke 8:40 “And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.”
The literal transformation of one man’s life brought the whole countryside to meet Jesus upon His return. Whereas they were afraid when they saw him clothed, in his right mind and sitting at the feet of Jesus; it took a continued witness by one man of the wondrous things God had done for him.
If you are saved, we have a story to tell. Something happened to me on June 18th, 1990. My mustard seed of faith placed fully in the Lord Jesus Christ wrought a change in me that is still bearing fruit today.
The work God desires to do in you is as important as it was for Noah, Abraham, Job and Moses. God is still looking for someone, anyone who will answer the call to be a witness for Him.
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
The power you and I lack is promised by God when we do as he commands. Be yielded. Submit to His call to witness and tell others the most wonderful story ever told – your conversion by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior.