Thankful: God makes His presence known

Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire within a bush. As Moses looked, he saw that the bush was on fire but was not consumed. So Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn’t the bush burning up?

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called out to him from the bush, “Moses, Moses!”

“Here I am,” he answered.

– Exodus 3:2-3

Today I am thankful that God makes His presence known to me.

Moses was a man on the run, looking to escape his past and a death sentence. His flight led him to the land of Midian, where he attempted to start a new life, under the radar. Moses shook off all vestiges of his formal royal position, and spent his time in the wilderness watching over sheep.

As hard as he tried to sidestep his identity and cover up his sins, God saw it all. God had chosen Moses, and was working to reveal Himself and His redemptive plan, for Moses and for the Hebrew people.

So, while Moses was out shepherding, God set a bush on fire to get his attention. The flames radiated within the bush but did not consume it. Moses was drawn to this remarkable and miraculous sight and set out for a closer look. When he was within hearing distance, God spoke, calling out to Moses by name.

God meets us where we are. He reaches into our situations, and our escape plans, to make His presence known. He shows up at our jobs, in our homes and in our cars to help us change course and follow Him. God knows our hidden thoughts and fears and pain, and steps in to get our attention.

Just as God set a bush on fire, he also uses events and circumstances to draw our eyes toward Him. He wants to share words of hope and promise. God is doing what is necessary to draw our gaze and cause us to take another step toward Him. He is speaking our name, calling out for us to come.

Moses found himself on holy ground, conversing with the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.

God not only works to make His presence known, He intends for us to live IN His presence. God wants us to grasp hold of who we are in Him, and live out our calling in His strength.

We just have to start with “Here I am.”

Do you believe this?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die — ever. Do you believe this? ” (‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭25-26‬ HCSB)

Do you believe this?

In this passage of Scripture, Mary is grieving the death of her brother Lazarus. She did everything in her power to save him, and yet her brother lay wrapped up in a nearby tomb. Jesus didn’t come when she thought He would, and now her brother was dead.

Jesus reassured Mary with these words: “I am the resurrection and the life.”

True life, satisfying life, life without shackles, meaningful life is found in Jesus. He IS the resurrection. He is our only hope against the powers of darkness and the grave. Death holds no power over life when we believe in Jesus.

Jesus asks Mary, “Do you believe this?”

Jesus asks us the same question.

Do you believe that Jesus is who He says He is? Do you believe that Jesus is God, and that He died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sin? Do you believe that Jesus literally defeated death and rose from the grave? Do you believe when you come to Jesus and repent, that Jesus will forgive you and make you new?

Do you believe this?

Can you go back to a specific time in your life when you realized all of this, and believed? Have you truly and wholly placed your life in God’s hands and confessed Jesus to be your Savior and your Lord?

Only Jesus can wipe away all your tears and all the darkness of your past. Only Jesus can clean your heart. Only Jesus can give you life.

Mary believed Jesus. She knew he was the Son of God and He was her Lord. And, Jesus did what He promised her: He raised Lazarus from the dead.

Let Jesus resurrect your life today, lifting you up out of the black trenches of sin. Let Him wash away your old life and give you new purpose. Come to Jesus and live.

Respond to Jesus, right now. Literally, stop and talk to Jesus, wherever you are. If you know Jesus is talking directly to your heart, answer His question: “Do you believe this?”

Pray from your heart to Him:
Jesus, I do believe You are the resurrection and the life. I believe You are God and you died on the cross for me. Please forgive me for all my sins and living my life apart from you. I give you complete control of my life, and I trust your promise that because I believe I will be with you forever in Heaven. You are my Lord and my Savior. Amen.

If you just responded to Jesus, please message me so I can be praying with you. Share the news with a Christian friend or pastor so they can encourage you and help you learn more about life with Jesus.