Desert experience that births a deliverer (Encounter series 2)

Desert experience that births a deliverer (Encounter series 2)

Exodus 3:1-10.

In case you missed the first Encounter series click here

Spiritual encounters and experiences are pivotal to the actualization of God’s purpose and plans in our lives and also in our generation. There’s hardly any man who was relevant to God in the historic and present-day that didn’t have concise encounter(s) with God. Many think of divine encounters as a loud, explosive, and awesome sight and sound, yes, true sometimes. But most other times, they are just a quiet discourse or they come in ordinary daily interactions. Look at this example in 1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. Another encounter with the Lord also in Luke 24:15,32 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. [32] And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Most encounters documented in the scriptures are unusual and unexpected, but there was always a pre-experiential premise that preempts such occurrences, example is Cornelius’ encounter with an angel in Acts 10. It was painstakingly mentioned that he was “a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. There must be a subsisting relationship with God to draw His visitation and encounter to our lives.

Back in the text, Moses was drawn to a certain unusual sight in the desert that became a turning point in his life. While fleeing from Pharaoh, he had lived with Jethro for almost 40 years, and even though he seemed content with his new life with gainful employment, a happy marriage, and blessed with children, there was still a part of him that remained unfulfilled. This encounter was God’s orchestration to set him forward to fulfill His ordained destiny. One thing common in all Biblical encounters was that they were all engineered toward God’s purpose, none was to fulfill human fantasy or mere exuberant desires of the flesh.  None of the candidates of these encounters came back with pride or a sense of being exalted beings but rather, there was always a genuine realization of their failings, inadequacies, and more reverence for God.

In conclusion, our religion remains stale without a definite daily encounter with the word of God. The word of God remains the ultimate node of encountering Him in His fullness and person. God’s word is the ultimate expression of His infinite being and our sure place of encounter.

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