By PASTOR MARK MOLINA
Living Waters Church
Special to the NEWS
Forty years have passed since Moses fled Egypt as a fugitive from Pharaoh’s justice, after killing and trying to hide the body of an Egyptian soldier. He is a married man now, a father and shepherd to the flocks of sheep of the Priest of Midian in the middle of the desert. The man who was raised, educated, and trained in the household of Pharaoh to become the most powerful man on the planet, was now hiding behind Mt. Horeb with a bunch of sheep.
I imagine that Moses was just happy to be alive as a free man. He was probably thinking, “If I never see the land of Egypt again it will be too soon!” Funny how life works out sometimes, isn’t it? Just when we think, “I will never have to go back there again,” the call of God is made manifest with a different plan.
Moses may have wanted to forget that 40 years earlier the call to be a deliverer was the cause of all of his problems. However, now 40 years later God had not forgotten his divine call and plan for Moses’s life. After all it wasn’t God who messed it all up – that was Moses. Only God had the ability to put it all back together and reset the stage of history to reveal Moses’ divine destiny.
No matter what you may have done, no matter where you are now, God is able to restore and redeem all things concerning His plans for your life. His divine destiny will always prevail. It may not be on the same grand scale that Moses’ was but God is still in the resolution process.
“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up,’” (Exodus 3:1-3 NIV).
Moses wasn’t tending sheep in any ordinary place. He was tending sheep at Mt. Horeb, known as the mountain of God. Apparently Moses was not as far away from God as he thought! Forty years later he was now ready to have an encounter with the God of heaven. God drew Moses to Himself.
“When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am,’” (Exodus 3:4 NIV). Forty years later and Moses had not forgotten the voice of God. He responded as readily as he did when he first chose to reject the pleasures of sin in Pharaoh’s house to live in slavery with the people of his birth.
“‘Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’ Then he said, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God,” (Exodus 3:5-6 NIV). When we come to a place where we encounter God for the first time or for the first time in a long time, it is natural to want to hide.
It is important that we not lose respect for the holiness of God. Unfortunately, for the most part, that is what has happened here in America. We have replaced the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who once struck our hearts with reverence, with the god of prosperity, entertainment and false grace.
Forty years later and Moses still knew that God is HOLY. He turned and hid his face. How do we see God today in the season of correction? God still has a plan for our lives even after failure. How we respond to Him as He re-engages us is vital to the restoration process. We all have a call, a destiny and divine purpose in Him. It’s not over. Respond to His call.