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History and Destiny

May 31st, 2011

“The bush burned . . yet was not consumed.” Exodus 3:2 Amplified

“Where destiny connects with your history you will find God there.”

My thoughts today are about “history and destiny.”

Wouldn’t it wonderful if every question had an answer, if every dilemma had a solution, and if every mystery had an explanation? Unfortunately, much of the time they don’t. You should seek answers; you should want solutions; you should desire explanations. But life isn’t always that simple. It’s a good thing that life does come with an instruction book – the Bible! The Bible may not answer every question you ask or solve every problem you have, but it will lead you to the One who will. Sometimes life can’t make sense apart from God. Why would you expect anything to make sense without God’s truth and wisdom?

An interesting incident occurs to Moses in the midst of his daily routine. He was just minding his own business, finally having put Egypt behind him with all its history, painful memories, and unexplainable events. His life wasn’t all that great but it was better than it had been, until that fateful day. “The bush was burning with fire, but was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I will turn aside and see . . why the bush does not burn.’ So when God saw that Moses turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush . .” Exodus 3:1-10 NKJV.

Here’s what I observe from this Bible narrative: God knows your history and location; God wants your attention; God has something to say that gives direction and purpose to life; where God meets you is holy ground; God’s direction is about your future, not your past.

What Moses saw – a bush burning but not consumed – did not make sense. It was contrary to everything he had previously known. Drawing his attention with this confusing incident, God had some pretty important things to say to Moses about his future and the future of a nation. Where Moses’ destiny connected to his history, God was there.

Those things that don’t readily make sense are often the very instruments God uses to pique your interest and gain your rapt attention. As you read the burning bush incident did you notice that God seemed to be waiting and watching until Moses would stop what he was doing long enough to find out what God was doing? That’s a challenge for people busily running to anyone promising an answer. God “called to him from the midst of the bush.” Exactly in your bewildering moment and out of the thing you cannot understand or explain, God can speak clearly through the very situation that fills you with curiosity and uncertainty.

People often stay too busy to notice God around them and live lives too noisy to hear what God wants to say to them. Maybe your unanswered questions or unsolved dilemmas could be God’s invitation to discover truth deeper than every inadequate answer for which you would have settled. God may or may not answer your specific question, but He does answer the question you should have asked and provides the answers and understanding you really need to know. See James 1:2-8 NLT.

My prayer for you today is that you place your past, present, and future in God’s hands.

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