The Visitor

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We’ve all entertained visitors, those we’ve invited and those who’ve just ‘stopped by’. Some we’ve welcomed and some we’ve not, yet we still invite them in and offer them something to drink and a place to sit. Even the most spontaneous person like myself has issue with people just dropping by. I like to know in advance so I can make sure the house is clean and ‘put together’.

Long ago in a very distant land, Moses was tending his father-in-laws sheep when he had an unexpected visitor. Seems God started a little bonfire in a bush just to get his attention, and when Moses stepped closer, the God spoke to him from the bush and said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Can you even imagine? God himself comes down to have a chat with Moses. To tell him of His plans and explains how He’s going to do it with 80 year old Moses who’s in retirement, enjoying his family and the peace and quiet of tending sheep. Ever wonder why God didn’t track down someone a bit younger? More qualified? Someone with more gumption?

Have you noticed how God had to talk Moses into doing what He asked? He did it not by focusing on what Moses felt unqualified to do, but by showing Moses that He was the great I Am. Exodus 3:14; And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

Has God visited you and asked you to do something you’re not qualified to do? Has He knocked on your door and asked you to leave the comfort of your retirement, your cushy job, your familiarity, to step out and do something for HIM? What has He asked you to say? What has He asked you to do? It’s never too late to obey! Stop leaning on your own abilities and lean on His. He has a message He wants delivered and He wants to use you to do it. Don’t leave the door unanswered just because you’re not ready for guests. God wants you as you are, trusting in Him and not you.

Father, it’s You, so good to have you as a guest. Please make Yourself at home and tell me what’s on Your mind. What is it I can do for you? What message do You have for me to give? Years ago I gave You my heart, but now I give You my life. Do with me as You please. Make me pliable in Your hands. Make me sensitive to Your Spirit. Give me ears to hear and a heart to obey. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

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