…and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. Ex 3:3‐4
In life, many Christians have experienced great ordeals that have challenged their faith. During such times, some have given up, some learnt lessons no one can never teach them, yet others have become living testimonies in today’s society.
When Moses was watching over the sheep of his father-in-law, he saw a bush blazing with fire, but astonishingly, the bush was not burning to destruction. What he saw caught his attention that he had to get closer to see if this could possibly be happening. However, as he got there, God addressed him out of the burning bush and gave him an assignment to be a deliverer of His people Israel.
The burning bush experience depicts moments in the life of a believer. They are moments of afflictions in ones life that seem to be challenging to the believer, but the believer is not destroyed. Looking at a believer undergoing challenges in his life from the outside, one may conclude defeat and failure. It is easy to think that he will never survive the ordeal. Many may even concoct stories thinking the believer will never become better. However, what does the scripture say, many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all, Psalms 34:19. As the burning bush, the believer may burn but he is not destroyed.
Paul the apostle wrote, We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body, 2 Cor. 4:8-10. Notice that the outcome of your ordeals is to manifest the life of Christ in you.
In the Moses experience, a normal bush in the back of a desert became famous throughout all generations, because God used it to talk to Moses. Similarly, God is able to use your ordeals to speak to you. As you live for God while in these ordeals, the life of Christ will manifest in you. People may think you will never rise again, but little do they know, that at the appointed time, God is going to establish you once again. You will be a sign for others to be attracted to God. As Moses turned to see what had happened to the burning bush, many will turn to you, asking and wondering how you made it. Be strong and courageous in your ordeals, for God will speak through them to testify of His goodness.
Therefore, do not fret at the situations surrounding you. Learn from them, and keep your attention to what God is saying to you. As the voice of God came from the burning bush, out and within your situations, God is talking to you. So give attention to Him, He is your immediate help in time of trouble.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word. I pray for strength and courage during trying times. I thank You for victory over all trying times. I believe my life shines brighter and brighter to a perfect day, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.