Observation is watching something to learn or get information from it. What we spend time to observe shows where our interest lays. Observation can lead to action. We want to do something about what we have seen and looked at with keen interest.
Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro his father-in-law. He led the flock to the backside of the desert and came to mount Horeb. On mount Horeb, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He saw the bush burning with fire and the bush was not consumed. Moses became inquisitive and drew near to observe what he was seeing.
“And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush….” (Exo. 3:3-4).
As long as Moses was going his own way, God said nothing. Later, Moses showed interest in what he saw and said “I will now turn aside and see this great sight” (Exo. 3:3). Moses decided to observe this great event. Now verse 4 reads “And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush..” God was watching to see if Moses would show any interest in the sight. The vision depicts the children of Israel in Egypt. The fire of bondage was burning but they were not consumed. When God saw that Moses showed some interest in the vision, He called unto him and that ignited a new phase in the life of Moses.
It was possible for Moses not to have turned aside to see what was happening. Had it been that he walked pass the sight, he would not have heard the divine call. The call only came “when the lord saw that he turned aside to see…” (Exo. 3:4). God needed Moses’s attention before He could call him into the ministry of delivering Israel out of Egypt. Moses had to wait for forty years after he fled Egypt before hearing the call. Maybe, that was not the first time God would seek his attention and he never gave it. It was until he turned aside to see that God’s voice came to him. He turned aside to observe what God showed him. His observation means that God caught his attention.
God expects us to be observant. Prov. 23:26 says “Let thine eyes observe my ways”. Before we can hear God’s voice, we must give God attention. God brings various sights across our ways daily just to get our “turning aside to see”, so that he could speak to us and call us to the next phase of our lives and ministries. When Nehemiah heard the report of the present state of Jerusalem from Hanani, he turned aside to see with fasting and prayer. He caught a ministry as a result of this and God elevated him from the position of the King’s cup-bearer to a prominent leadership position. If Nehemiah never showed the concern when he heard the report from Jerusalem, God would have left him to continue with his ‘noble’ job of being the King’s cup-bearer and look for somebody else who has passion to do the ministry.
Break your routine
Moses had to break his routine of keeping the flock. He “turned aside to see”. When God saw that he turned aside, God called him. We also need to break our daily routine for once just for the purpose of seeing what the Lord is showing us. When we do this, God will surely speak to us. This could open a new chapter in our lives. God’s thoughts about us are conveyed to us when God speaks to us. Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the thought that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”. God is thinking something glorious about us. Only him knows what the thoughts are. He want to reveal these thoughts to us but we need to give him attention. If we can only turn aside a while, we could find out that the next agenda on his thought for us is explosive.
To be a successful Christian, minister of God or a Christian business man, there are no alternatives to hearing God. Hearing God is central to our relationship with God. For God to speak to us, we must be prepared to turn aside to see what He is showing us. Whatever you hate, is a signal to what God wants you to correct. There must be compassion before envisioning. Ask yourself; what is God showing me presently? What are the great sights He wants me to turn aside to see?