Moses and the Burning Bush


Read Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12, Psalm 69 and Matthew 11:25-27

“Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?’” (Exodus 3:11)

Moses asked God a question you may have asked yourself several times; “who am I?” Who am I to solve insecurity in my country? Who am I to write a book? Who am I to start a company? Who am I to think of becoming the president, the boss, or the leader of my organization? And so on and so forth.

Do you notice that God answered Moses’ question? “I will be with you…” This is the Good News for you today. It is not about who you are, it is about who God is. When next you catch yourself asking ‘who am I?’ know that you are asking the wrong question. Left to yourself, you can do nothing but with God on your side, you do anything!

Despite being fed and catered for by the Palace, Moses grew up knowing that he was not an Egyptian. He did not allow comfort and luxury to get to him. He had a burning passion for his own people. At a young age, Moses did not ask “who am I?” He felt he was someone and he knew he wanted to do something about the oppression of his people by the Egyptians.

Relying on his own strength, Moses went about fulfilling his passion only to end up making a costly mistake; he committed murder by killing an Egyptian. When Moses discovered that this was not a secret, he fled for his life and this would have been the sad end of his dream. It wasn’t until Moses had grown old and lost every atom of self-confidence that God appeared to him again in the burning bush. This was to teach Moses a lesson in humility.

Like Moses, within every one of us, there is a burning passion; something you really want to do. Do not rush into it relying solely on your strengths, let your burning passion lead you to your burning bush – that is, begin by consulting God. Pray about it and ask God to show you the way. Know that you are only an instrument. God will only work through you when you are humble.

In our Gospel passage today, Jesus says a prayer of thanksgiving God for hiding things from the wise (those so full of themselves) and revealing them to the babies (those who are humble). Left to yourself, you can do nothing but with God on your side, you can do anything. 

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, open my heart to know why you made me. Give me the wisdom to pursue my dreams by putting you first in all my plans. Amen. 

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Wednesday of week 15 in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12, Psalm 69 and Matthew 11:25-27).