God had heard the cries of his people. Slaves in Egypt, they needed a miracle. As they prayed, God worked. Forty long years after Moses fled Egypt a murderer, God called him back a deliverer.
In Exodus chapter 3, we find Moses tending sheep. He is working a very common job in complete obscurity. During his daily routine of this low and lonesome job, God comes to him and reveals something – a bush on fire that does not burn. The text doesn’t say Moses was looking for a sign or seeking God when this happened. He was merely working his everyday job. God sought Moses.
God waits until he has Moses’ full attention to speak. When he does so, the first thing God does is command respect and obedience. Before any further instruction, God tells Moses to keep his distance and take off his shoes. Moses obeys.
Finally, God confirms his identity. Moses reacts with Godly fear and humility as the Lord begins to unravel his plans for him.
All God-ordained callings begin with God, his Word, and our obedience. Living peaceful, quiet lives in obscurity does not disqualify us from doing great things for God if we are listening for him and attentive to his Word. God only gives one instruction at the time, though. He waits for our obedience before giving more information.
Moses may have looked like a commoner to everyone who knew him as a shepherd, but he was actually a prince. He had knowledge and understanding of the very things God was calling him to do in Egypt. Moses was anything but ordinary. God qualified and prepared him his entire life for what he was about to do. The same is true when God calls us.
There are many, many people in our culture who are in bondage and slavery to an oppressor even greater than Pharaoh – namely, Satan. Therefore, go to work. Be faithful in the low and lonesome daily-ness of life. Watch and pray. Be attentive and sensitive toward God and his Word. Obey in the small things. Who knows whom God will call you to deliver to Christ.