Now Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law … to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. (Exodus 3.1)
Life is a wilderness. Each day presents a never-ending array of contradictions and challenges. In the wilderness you experience trouble and peace, faith and fear, joys and heartaches, comfort and suffering, living and death. The wilderness of life is unpredictable, incomprehensible, uncontrollable, yet, there you live.
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. So Moses thought, “I will turn aside to see this strange sight, why the bush is not burned up.” (Exodus 3.2-3)
In the commonplace struggle of life, Moses came to the mountain of God. It is in the wilderness of life that you come face-to-face with God. It is in the wilderness of life that God speaks to you. Your choice is quite simple: keep your eyes on surviving the daily busyness or turn your eyes to the One who seeks your attention.
When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 3.4)
When, in faith, you look away from yourself and look to Him, you will hear God speak. You will not hear Him speak otherwise.