Imagine a calm, ordinary day as the shepherd tending Jethro’s flock leads them to the back of the desert to Horeb, the Mountain of God. He squints his eyes, before him is a burning but it’s never consumed. Curious, Moses is about to walk around and investigate this phenomenon. In the midst of the fire the Angel of the Lord appears. In Exodus 3: 4 The Lord calls out to him Moses, Moses to which he replied, “Here I am.” Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals ...off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” In an ordinary day Moses finds himself standing in the presence of God.
Can you imagine yourself in this scene? Would you be like John in Revelation 1:17? And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man." Would you be blinded by the pure light of God’s presence? Would you tremble in the glory that surrounds Him? For certain, we know, Moses had a supernatural encounter; a mere man in an intimate conversation with the God who created the Universe.
What is clear to us is that God called Moses and Moses responded, “Here I am.” Likewise, in our relationship with God we should be quick to respond to His call. The Lord is looking for those who are available to carry out His mission. Much like a trained and prepared solider, who is summoned before his commander, we must be ready to respond and carry out our orders.
Often times we are unaware and miss the nudge of the Holy Spirit to activate our obedience by surrendering our time, personal agendas and the myriad of distractions that cause us to often miss our assignments. Is the mission aborted? No, it passes to the soldier who is alert and sensitive to the leading of the Spirit.
In these tumultuous times, as we find our culture in profound conflict with our core beliefs, an urgency factor demands that we sharpen our spiritual hearing and quickly respond to the call, “Here I am.”