The voice comes from a burning bush—well, it isn’t really burning. But it’s on fire.
“Then the LORD said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites’” (Ex. 3:7-8 ESV).
The Israelites have been under Egyptian bondage for nearly 400 years. But God, seeing the hurt of His people, decides to come down for them.
That’s not the only time God comes down for His people.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 ESV).
Humanity has been under the curse of sin and death since the days of Adam and Eve. But God, seeing the hurt of His people, decides to come down.
We serve a God who comes down. And He doesn’t have to. But His love for us is too strong to stay put. God comes down to bring the Israelites from bondage to freedom, and Jesus Christ does the same for us.
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law” (Gal. 5:1 NLT).
Have you experienced His freedom?
It’s amazing that God would even come down in the first place. But He does. God comes down to our level. Why? Because He loves us. He wants to set us free. God takes the Israelites to a land flowing with milk and honey. And today, God wants to save your soul.
Paul writes, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:5-8 ESV).
This is a God who washes feet, eats with sinners, and confronts those who think they have it all together. This is a God who comes down.
When you think of God, don’t think of a man sitting on a royal throne. Don’t think of a divine being outside of human affairs. Think of a God who comes down. For you. For me. Because He loves us.
I pray you realize this truth. God willingly comes down from glory for your benefit.
“The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Ps. 46:7 ESV).
Isaiah Pauley is a 2018 graduate of Wahama High School and attends Ohio Christian University. He can be followed at www.isaiahpauley.com, or on Facebook at Isaiah Pauley Page.