January 12, 2021

Turning Aside


Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

Psalm 90:12 NLT


Life is full of changes. As hard as we may try to keep things the same, it is impossible. Seasons change, the calendar changes, our bodies change, and our circumstances change. We can fight change all we want, but in the end, the change will happen.

Instead of looking at change as negative, how about using the power of change for good? Let’s choose to use change as an opportunity for improvement. When one thing comes to an end, let’s realize there is a new opportunity in front of us.

The culmination of one thing often leads to the illumination of what’s to come. It’s perspective. Sometimes, we have focused so much on what was that we failed to see what can be.

Psalm 90 was not written by David. It was a prayer written originally by Moses. Moses was raised in the house of Pharaoh, the most powerful man in that part of the world. Moses was well educated and had all the comforts of life. But Moses made a mistake and spent forty years on the backside of a desert tending sheep.

No doubt, Moses thought life was over. Then in Exodus, chapter three, Moses has this encounter with God. God comes to Moses in a burning bush. And Moses “turned aside” to see what the burning bush was about. When God saw that Moses “turned aside,” God spoke to Moses and changed his life. What had looked like destruction in the desert became preparation for the plan of God for his life. Moses went from leading sheep in the desert to leading a nation through a desert.

The encounter with the burning bush brought a new perspective to Moses. He gained new wisdom.

When we “turn aside” from our daily routines to listen to God, we can expect a new perspective. We can begin to realize our need to grow in wisdom and to realize we don’t have all the wisdom. God has something new for us.


Holy Spirit, please help me to be looking for the “burning bush” God wants to send into my life. Help me to listen when God wants to speak to me.

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