Speaking Through Odd Circumstances
Can you remember a time when you were so engrossed in the details of your own life that you couldn't hear God at all? In times like those, we oftentimes cannot detect the Lord's whisper. So instead, He may shout through unusual circumstances.
Consider Moses in the third chapter of Exodus. Though well educated and raised as a prince, he was now exiled and humiliated in the wilderness. Life certainly wasn't turning out as he'd envisioned, and he was no doubt preoccupied with fear, disappointment, and pride.
But God had big plans for Moses and needed to get his attention. So the Lord arranged something that the shepherd just couldn't ignore: a bush that was on fire and yet was not being consumed. Even more startling, God spoke to Moses through the burning bush! Do you think that would have made you take notice?
Sometimes, this is exactly how God works. In order to speak to us, He must first get our undivided attention by doing something so unusual that we have no choice but to stop, look, and listen.
There is no such thing as an accident for a child of God. Every single thing you see or hear is something that God allowed you to notice for a reason.
We must learn how to perceive God in every circumstance, from the wild and unexpected to the simple and mundane. Whether our situation seems unbelievably good or unbearably bad, we are wise to step back and ask the Lord to help us view the matter from His perspective.
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