Advent Devotions from Good Shepherd (Exodus 3:2)

burning bushExodus 3:2

 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.

 

The angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire…  (Lynn Landers)

 

For some reason, I recalled this passage as the Lord God appearing before Moses in the burning bush.  But no, this was an angel; unlike when God spoke the commandments.  How do we distinguish between God speaking to us and God’s angel speaking to us?  Does it matter?  There are many angels in my life; sometimes I recognize them immediately, other times not until long afterward.  The listening ear at a time of despair, an interruption that results in avoiding a catastrophe, the whispering reminder that we are not alone – angels.  But God speaking to us – what does that sound like?  Is it the commandments, the laws, the challenge to do better, or the encouraging nudge, or open door, or is it all of this.

How did Moses know that what was happening was momentous – the bush that  didn’t burn?  Where are these signs in our life?  Are we aware, do we know when God sends his angels, do we recognize God’s intervention?

 

Dear Lord, open our minds, our hearts and our souls, that we may recognize your soft touch.

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