Forty years had passed. Moses had become comfortably entrenched in his life as a Midianite shepherd. There, in the midst of his very comfortable and non- controversial life, burned a bush that was the Angel of God calling Moses out of retirement and sending him on the mission for which he was called.
Moses was amazed by God’s display of the burning bush. He was humbled by God’s charge that he was in a holy place that should be treated with reverence. In a word, the brash prince had become a humble shepherd. The mission he was about to embark upon would completely change the word forever and remain a central focus throughout history.
Why did it take God an additional 40 years to start the exodus…Well, he had to allow the leader to mature and wise up. Moses had to chase impertinent sheep for years and live under the authority of the priest of Midian—to be ready to lead God’s stiff necked people.
When we question God’s timing in our lives, when we shake our fists at him for his seeming lack of concern and fairness—we must remember he is executing a plan in our lives as he did in the lives of Israel. That plan often requires us to mature and wise up, but it may also involve the lives of others with whom we may interact. The key is that we simply have to trust him and follow him reverently. We need to be watching for the burning bushes in our lives, but, also embracing our duties along the way. We will never know which one will prepare us for the road ahead. Be humble, be grateful and be attentive—God will respond.
God Bless You
Meanwhile Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. Leading the flock beyond the wilderness, he came to the mountain of God, Horeb.[b] 2 There the angel of the Lord[c] appeared to him as fire flaming out of a bush. When he looked, although the bush was on fire, it was not being consumed. 3 So Moses decided, “I must turn aside to look at this remarkable sight. Why does the bush not burn up?” 4 When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to look, God called out to him from the bush: Moses! Moses! He answered, “Here I am.” 5 God said: Do not come near! Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father,[d] he continued, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.