Exodus 3:2-3 — The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up” (NASB).
It was at the burning bush that God called Moses to be Israel’s deliverer. We learned yesterday that the first group of people on the trail of life is the trailheaders. The burning bush was Moses’ trailhead. After having a question and answer session with God at the burning bush, Moses finally began his hike.
He went to Pharaoh, and demanded that he release the Israelites. It took a series of plagues, but Pharaoh reluctantly let them go. Soon after, though, he reconsidered his decision and pursued them. The Egyptian army caught up to Moses and the Israelites at the Red Sea. It was there one of the greatest miracles of all time took place. The Lord parted the sea. Israel crossed over on dry ground, and the Egyptians were washed away.
Many artists have tried to depict this scene, but I imagine even the greatest of artwork pales in comparison to what the eyewitnesses beheld that day. What we do know is that the victory was so great that it prompted the people of Israel to sing and dance before the Lord (Exodus 15). I wonder what would have happened if they had just stopped the journey right there. One thing is certain: They would never have made it to the Promised Land.
The second group of people on the trail of life is the loungers. They come to a place where they experience great victory or comfort and quit moving forward. They’re the ones who hike down the trail and come to an elongated standstill at the waterfall. They get comfortable with the majestic scenery and decide not to hike back up the trail.
Perhaps today you are lounging in your walk with the Lord. It’s very healthy to praise God for blessing us and giving us victory, but we must keep moving forward. He has even greater things in store. There is a Promised Land on the horizon!
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