“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” Exodus 3:1-2

In Exodus 3, Moses is on the backside of the desert keeping sheep—and they’re not even his sheep.  He is keeping the sheep of his father-in-law.  Moses the prince has become Moses the shepherd, and evidently, he had become content in his desert…until something extraordinary happened.  The angel of the Lord appeared in a flame of fire in a bush.  This common ground became holy ground because the presence of God came on the scene.

What I love about this text is that it shows us that our God involves Himself in the affairs of man.  I see a God Who did not create man and then leave him to figure out life by himself.  And I see a God Who is still interested in His creation and His children.  God was still interested in delivering His people from bondage.

God comes to Moses and tells him that He still has a purpose and plan for his life.  Moses may not see that God still has a plan for his life, but God saw it.  His circumstances changed, but God’s plan did not change.  From the time he was being hidden at home to being hidden in the ark at the brink of the river, whether he was in the palace being raised as the adopted grandson of Pharaoh or now keeping sheep on the backside of the desert, God still had a plan and purpose for his life.

Think about that next time your circumstances tell you differently.  God is still interested in your life, and He is still interested in using you!  Your circumstances do not affect God’s love for you and His purpose for your life. God did not create you and then forget about you.  God did not save you and then forget about you.  God did not forget about you when your circumstances changed.  God did not forget about you when you strayed from His path.  God did not forget about you when you forgot about God.

I am thankful that we have a God Who is still involved and interested in the affairs of mankind.  God is still in control.  God is still on the throne.  God still has a plan for our world.  And God still has a plan for your life.

Moses, the sooner you learn this principle, the better your life will be.  Dear Christian, the sooner we learn this truth, the better our life will be as well.

Thank God that we serve a Creator Who is still interested in His creation!


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David Sloan

David Sloan, Spanish Pastor

David Sloan serves as pastor of the Spanish Department of North Valley Baptist Church. He and his family were missionaries in the Former Soviet Union and the Middle East, where he served as United States representative to the Christian Caucus in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. He and his wife Jolene have five children. Bro. Sloan is part of a missionary heritage of fourteen families who serve on the mission field, spanning seven countries and four continents. He is also the Missions Director at Golden State Baptist College.