October 6, 2011

Today you should read: Exodus 3

I’ve seen some out-of-the-ordinary things in my life. I’m sure you have too, but in case you haven’t, I encourage you to “people-watch” at an amusement park one day. Kings Island or Cedar Point will suffice, and I bet that what you’ll experience will carry some serious shock value.

Regardless (or irregardless — our beloved pastor’s favorite word) of what you’ve seen or experienced, you’ve probably got nothing on Moses’ experience in Exodus 3… the burning bush.

Only it wasn’t on fire.

Wait — it was.

But it wasn’t affected by the fire.

Oh yeah — the bush is talking too.

“What’s wrong with me? Am I hallucinating? What did I eat last night? Did someone slip something into my Matzo loaf?” These are the questions that must have been going through his head. Then, the Lord reveals Himself and let’s him know that this encounter is so serious that the ground he’s standing on is even holy. While that can be a puzzling part of the story for us, check out this note on “holy ground” that helped make sense of this for me:

The instructions to Moses are followed by a reason that emphasizes the place where he is standing. The very ordinariness of the location helps make the point that it is holy ground, not because of any special properties of the place but only because of God’s presence. This is representative of a theme in Exodus: God is holy, and he is the one who makes or declares places and people to be holy—and each is properly understood or treated as holy only in its relation to God. The instructions given to Moses here at the burning bush are also given to his successor Joshua when he meets the “commander of the army of the Lord” as Israel is preparing to take Jericho. ESV Study Bible

This encounter with God was powerful. It was one of the defining moments in the life of Moses. Many of us have had powerful moments in our walk with Christ that have defined us and maybe even governed the trajectory of our life and our goals. Since we as believers have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, these moments may happen with some regularity.

Today, as a response to our reading, I want our comments section below to be dedicated to sharing some of our powerful encounters with the Lord. We may not be Moses, but the God of the universe has met with us just like He met with Moses. If you can’t think of something recently, tell us about your salvation testimony. Wherever you were on that day, and whatever you were doing in that moment, I am pretty sure you were standing on the holy ground of Christ’s cross.

Posted by: Todd Thomas

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Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “October 6, 2011”

  1. One of the most memorable encounters I’ve had with God revolves around one of our adoption experiences. I was struggling (even arguing) about whether we were the right family for these particular children. It was a long period of praying, listening, and processing. God spoke clearly through a song one day and confirmed that we were supposed to move forward and make the children part of our permanent family. I cried because I wasn’t convinced that it was best for ME. When I finally took a deep breath, God spoke words to my heart that I have clung to for years: “I’m not telling you it will be easy. I’m saying I will be with you.” Truer words than those two short sentences have never been spoken. I am so very thankful for His clear direction at that time (I love my kids) and His overwhelming promise (It has sustained me many times and likely kept me from numerous trips to the psych ward).
    Thanks for the opportunity to share this. I needed the reminder.

  2. I met God when I was running from Him. Though I was a saved Christian, I was living in sin and God wanted His boy back. Through many many triumphs I was able to look to God and He redeemed me. He was my rock in my darkest hour and though I’m not perfect, I am in His eyes!

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