Back Roads of Delight




“And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”

— Exodus 3:3



Have you ever started out for a drive and suddenly decided to turn off the main highway and take an intriguing side road, wondering what you might find? Suddenly you came to a spot of breath-taking beauty, perhaps a field of flowers, a shady nook or a beautiful mountain or ocean view. How delighted you were that you had taken time to turn aside!



Moses had a wonderful experience when he turned aside. While taking his flock to the backside of the desert, he saw a bush burning but not consumed. “Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”



For Moses this was not merely an ordinary day. Unexpectedly he received a visit from God. “And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I” (vs. 4). As he tuned aside, he experienced the joy of being in God’s presence and hearing God speak to him. God then revealed His plan to Moses.



Moses’ decision can be summed up this way:


  • It was a personal decision. (“I will”)
  • It was a punctual decision. (“now”)
  • It was a purposeful decision. (“turn aside”)
  • It was a practical decision. (“and see…why)


God waits to reveal Himself to us as He did to Moses, but we must turn aside as Moses did and be alone with Him if we are to hear Him speak. Sometimes we become so entangled in the things of this life that we fail to turn aside, and thus we miss what God may want to share with us.



If we turn aside, God will reveal to us new and precious things about Himself as we study His Word and pray. Moses said, “I will now turn aside.” Why not take some time today to turn aside and let God speak to you?


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