Moses’ recollection of the burning bush was probably something he sat around fires sharing in utter excitement. But the bush didn’t burn forever. When the bush’s fire went out, what if Moses’ did too? What if he questioned the direction of God because He couldn’t go back to the bush? What if Moses thought that God could only speak to him through burning bushes and other miracles; would he have missed the gentle whisper of God’s voice (1 Kings 19- Elijah)? Years, decades, or even lifetimes can be wasted when we fix our eyes on experiencing God through burning bushes, rather than on knowing God daily. The work that Moses faced those 40 years after the bush was exhausting, painstaking, and often discouraging. Hebrews says our eyes should remain on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. After the bush is gone, we must fix our eyes on Jesus and begin the difficult work of actually following God, like Moses did, expressing steadfast faith, even in the midst of exhaustion, discouragement, or silence. We must strive for a faith that finishes well, not the incredible highs of God’s power that fizzle out in the valleys.
- Name a time that you had your own burning bush experience- where you clearly heard God speak to you? Or describe a time in your life where you were the most on fire for the Lord?
- Would you describe your current faith (or walk with God) as fixed on Jesus, who spoke to you out of your “burning bush?” Why or why not?
- What tends to distract you, drawing you away from walking with God daily?
- What discourages you or makes it difficult to follow God’s plan?
- How can you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and what He has called you to each and every day? How will you “finish well?”
When things are hard, you’re tired, or you’re discouraged, press forward, eyes fixed on Jesus, not how you feel, the distraction, or the struggle. Don’t wait for camp, a mission trip, a conversation with a youth leader, or a monumental moment to get back on track. Do it today!!