Matthew R. Perry

Your Burning Bush Speaks (Introduction)

In Church Life, Evangelism, Sermons, Worship on October 21, 2007 at 5:40 pm

This past month, I had the privilege of going down to Eastern Kentucky University to preach to those 250 Campus Crusade for Christ attendees. During the singing portion (and you just haven’t lived until you hear so many young Christian college students) singing praises to God.

One of the songs they sang was one called “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.” They sang it to a different tune that I was used to (which I liked, by the way) but the words were still in tact and were amazing.

George Matheson found himself brokenhearted. He felt God’s call into the ministry. At the age of 20, Matheson became blind but still felt the call into the ministry. Sadly, his fiancé could not deal with being married to a blind minister, so she left. Twenty years afterwards, as his sister was to marry, he found himself overcome with sorrow. He noted that, although he was never given over to rhyme or poetry, that this song came out as if it were dictated from heaven.

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

What a blessed notion is the love of God! When God begins to work and to call a people to Himself, he places in them a love not only for others but a love for Himself. Romans 5:5 says that “hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5, ESV).

When we find ourselves getting off track is when we start taking our eyes off of our love for Him and Him for us and start looking at the issues around us. In Exodus 3:1-10, we find out one very important principle: when our burning bush speaks, we see clearly where our delight truly lies. Let’s read Exodus 3:1-10:

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. [2] And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. [3] And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” [4] When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” [5] Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” [6] And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

[7] Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, [8] and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Periz-zites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. [9] And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. [10] Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

Notice what God does here. He doesn’t lead with the task, he leads with Himself and his holiness. We in our churches get it wrong, don’t we? We tend to lead with the task, then try to back it up with God. Maybe we need to spread the glory of Who He is! But in order for us to respond to what God wants us to do, we need to get in our hearts exactly who He is. If not, we will be like Moses and only look at ourselves. The results can be sticky.

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