3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Have you ever been in the car and you see something really funny and you try to get your friends attention but by the time they choose to look, the moment has already passed? Or have you ever seen something funny on TV and wanted a friend to see it, but they didn’t look quick enough and missed it? That is soo frustrating! I remember natalie (my wife) and I were driving and there was a husband and wife walking their dogs. My wife loves dogs…. especially puppies. The husband was walking the momma and poppa dog and the wife was walking 8 brand new puppies… and my wife missed the puppies! We drove by too fast. She never turned aside in time. Only i got to experience the puppies. Natalie only missed puppies, but i believe people miss the blessings and miracles of God because they simply don’t turn aside. Jesus is all around us ready to pour out his blessing, but we must choose to turn aside and position ourselves accordingly. Luckily for Natalie, I turned around, but in real life, we don’t have that same option.
Exodus 3 finds moses stuck, abandoned, hopeless, (can you relate?) not realizing he hasn’t even scratched the surface of His potential and destiny, and God shows up on the scene as a consuming fire. God did his part, but moses still had a part to play in his destiny with God….. moses had to turn aside. A couple of months ago, Or city church staff felt the conviction that we need to “turn aside” and commit ourselves more to him. As a result, My wife and I, along with our church family, are going to take 21 days in January to “turn aside” and dedicate ourselves to God through prayer and fasting. I want to challenge you and your family to join me. What could God do in and through you in 2013 if you consecrate your first 21 days to him? That question sets me in great expectation to see God do the miraculous…… I think its time to “turn aside”. You can go to http://www.orlandocitychurch.com for fasting material, devotionals, and info.