“‘This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you’”.
Ex 3:14 NIV
Often the world seems to be afflicted with so many problems that people start to think that God has forgotten it or abandoned it to whatever fate may come its way. Then there are other times when things seem to be coming right and discerning minds detect purpose and progress through the haze.
The Israelites must have felt abandoned by God during the long centuries of their bondage in Egypt. Not only did it seem as if God had forgotten them – it seemed as if he just wasn’t any more. In the encounter between God and Moses at the burning bush this state of affairs suddenly and dramatically ended. Confronting Moses in this encounter God very much was. I AM was his name. The story of the episode is all about the presence of God. But the fact of the burning bush, the confrontation with Moses, the disclosure of his name, and his promise to set his people free meant much more than just that he still existed. He was present in a dynamic and ac- tive way, intervening in the national life, not just one special individ- ual. His sudden arrival spelt – ACTION! “The presence of this God is not, therefore, a bare ‘is’, but a living force, vital and personal. In no situation is he an ornamental extra; in every situation he is the key active ingredient” (A. Motyer, The Message of Exodus, p69).
Look at your own faith, your idea of, and your relationship with, Jesus Christ. Is he just a help you turn to when things are tough – or is he alive and active in your day-to-day routine?
Lord, help me to see your activity day by day.