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God called to him // Exodus 3:4

  • Anne Dahlhauser

    Anne blogs at Front Porch, Inspired about surrendering everyday living for sacred purposes. She and her husband, Jay, are founders of a ministry called The Bridge, focusing on missional living and advocacy for youth in vulnerable places of life. She holds an MA in Teaching Languages (TESOL and Spanish) and is a lover of words and the Word, culture and communication. Jay and Anne have five kids, a front door that can’t stay closed, and an abundance of messy, holy chaos at their neighborhood center/home in Iowa – of all places.

  • 2015 Nov 24
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God called to him

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.” Exodus 3:4

This verbal exchange amazes me. Interestingly enough, God already knew He had Moses' attention. He had waited until Moses turned to look, in fact, before He called out. And, God already knew where Moses was; obviously it wasn't necessary for Moses to point out his location to the Almighty.

Yet, God calls to Moses not once, but two times. It was no mistake. He wanted a response, not for information but for commitment. And in his answer, Moses made himself available: "Here I am."

God required Moses' attention and availability before laying out His purpose. And, it's the same with each of us.

God doesn't thunder out His orders from a bush. He waits for our gaze to fix on Him and for hands to raise in willingness.

We want God's purpose in our lives, but do we want to seek it & be available for it?


Lord, thank you for being a present God, alive and real in our lives. You speak to us through everyday things and people, as you point us to your purpose. Help us, Lord, to give you our attention and our availability. May we be like Moses and simply respond: "Here I am." In your name, Jesus, amen.

31 Days of Purpose: Devotions from the early life of Moses

PurposeFrom a boat-basket to a burning bush, Moses’ call to leadership is filled with everyday people and situations, all divinely orchestrated for God's divine purpose. As we study the early years of Moses, we see a consistent theme of God raising up the unlikely and transforming the average with His anointing. That's me, and that's you - common people, yet commissioned for a high calling. Let's step into it this month, together. Click here for the whole series.

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