A BRAMBLE BUSH
BY: RAY PRINZING
“And when forty years were expired, there appeared to Moses in the wilderness of mount Si’nai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.” (Acts 7:30)
The wilderness itself does not appear to be conductive to revelation or great spirituality; we tend to associate it with testing and trial, and a sheer test of survival. The monotony of daily routine does not appear to be the ideal setting for a special visitation from the Lord. Yet it was here that God met with Moses. The angel of the Lord appeared. One does not summon these messengers at will, nor spend time looking for angels. God retains the responsibility for the arranging of the messenger’s coming.
For Moses the messenger did take an unusual form, certainly attracting his attention, with a flame of fire. Oftentimes we find that God uses a “fiery test” to draw our attention past the natural realm, to prepare us to see and hear Him. Fires bring a rare illumination that often reveals with clarity things, facts, truths which were held in obscurity till that hour.
The bush – the Hebrew word “seneh” means A THORNY BUSH, and the Greek “batos” means A BRAMBLE BUSH. Who would have thought that a thorny, bramble bush would be used? A book could be written on all the ramifications of this visitation, but one of the beautiful lessons to be learned is that God can use any thorny situation – set it aflame with His presence, alert us that HE IS THERE, and then out of it all impart new inspiration, new understanding, deepen our call in Him, and work out more of His purpose. We seek not the bramble bush, but we seek God who is able to use all things, and who can meet us anywhere He chooses. “And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The Lord will be magnified.” (Mal. 1:5)
The time and place are all His own,
The negative becomes a throne
When He would use a bramble bush –
Alert us when the pressures push,
To find communion with Him there,
Sweet fellowship with Him to share.
In times like this we learn to say,
Praise God for brambles in my was.