Any Old Bush!
I can relate to Moses. When God appeared to him in the burning bush and commissioned him to lead God’s people out of Egypt, he wasn’t sure he was the guy. “Please, Lord,” he said, “I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since Thou hast spoken to Thy servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
History records that God was not deterred in His choice. As a young man, I had a strong fear of public speaking. If you had told me then I would preach, I would have given a defense very similar to Moses’. I was an unlikely candidate for the pulpit, to say the least.
Major Ian Thomas said in reviewing Moses’ call that when God is in a thing, the ordinary is more-than-adequate. Moses may have thought the burning bush was a supernatural vision. But it wasn’t. It was just an ordinary bush. And when God wants to speak, any old bush will do. The important thing is not the fitness of the instrument, but that it is God Himself who speaks, quite often through foolish, weak instruments.
Sometimes we see someone alive for God, someone with extraordinary giftedness, and we say, “I wish I were like that! I wish I had his ability, his poise, his discipline.” But the truth is, God can use any life. Our foolishness only highlights His wisdom, and our weakness testifies to His strength. You are someone God can use. “You don’t know me,” you might say. And maybe I do not. But I know God.
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