As I was reading the story of Moses and the burning bush, I pondered it’s meaning for quite some time. I wondered how it was that Moses found himself in the presence of God, in an unusual place and at an unexpected time. I thought, “What would be our reaction if we suddenly found ourselves in the presence of God? What would we do?” Let’s first look at Moses’s divine moment with God in [Exodus 3: 1-7] before we reflect on our miraculous moments with God.
“Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness, [Exodus 3:1]. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God…”
Our tangible experiences with God may not be as bold and pronounced as Moses’s total amazement with God’s display. Yet we have had those jaw-dropping moments when we are utterly sure that only God could have done what was just witnessed.
I have had those astounding moments in my own life. Without any doubt, it was clear to me that the voice I was hearing in my heart belonged to God. I knew with all my being that the words weren’t my imagination or a hallucination. They were His — the Holy Spirit. Those miraculous and precious moments became the greatest testimony of my life. Though the presence of God didn’t fix my problems right away, it changed my perspective, and gave me a new understanding of my circumstances and how to move forward in faith. I’ve learned through bible study that the actual ground which Moses stood on was not holy; it was the presence of the holy God that made it holy.
Some people think the only way to stand in the presence of God is to enter a holy place. Depending on their belief, it might be a temple, mosque, church, or another location deemed holy. God certainly dwells in these places! But you do not have to go anywhere to be on holy ground. God manifests his power to us daily; we’re the ones who fail to recognize His presence. His dwelling place is in our hearts. When through praise and worship, we position ourselves for an encounter with God, He will enter our circumstances with power. We are already in the presence of God, the only thing missing is our awareness!
The Bible emphasizes on this in [Deuteronomy 31:6], “Don’t mistake God’s patience for His absence. His timing is perfect, and His presence is constant. He’s always with you!”
Dennis Prager, in his writings, sums it up like this, “The question is: Who sees the miracles of daily life? And the answer is: Whoever choose to see.”