“With the precious things of the earth and its fullness, and the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush. Let the blessing come on the head of Joseph and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers” (Deuteronomy 33:16).

While pronouncing the Name of God, Moses said, "One who dwelt in the bush" and further said that His blessings come on the heads of His children.

One day Moses had the vision of God in the bush of the Mount Horeb. Though the bush was burning, it did not get destroyed or even damaged. The bush was able to receive the grace of God. The children of Israel were that bush.

Even when you go across the path of suffering, you never get burnt. The nations and the kings who came opposing the children of Israel were innumerable in number. The nations of Persia and Media and the kings of Babylon thought of destroying them. The evil Haman plotted against them. The Roman Empire rose against them and scattered them. Hitler the dictator, belonging to Germany also thought of destroying them. But in spite of all these oppositions, no damage was caused to the children of Israel since the grace of God who rose in the bush was with them.

Dear children of God, you may have to undergo tests of fire today. Many may try to destroy you and demolish your family. They might have even approached many officials and magicians for this purpose. But, since the grace of one who rose in the bush is with you, they cannot have dominion over you.

You might have faced the furnace and the burning fire in it. But God who has mercy over you has risen in that furnace. Nebuchadnezzar made the furnace seven times more hot for killing Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego but they were able to walk in the midst of the fire. Even the smell of fire was not in them. That is the grace of God who rose in the bush. The Scripture says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on, you shall have wars” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

During the days of the early Apostles, all the disciples had to undergo tests of fire. Though the Christians were so less in number, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the scribes and the whole of the Roman Kingdom, rose against them. The Roman Emperor Nero killed several thousands of them after severe torture. But the children of God did not perish. Rather, they increased in number. Dear children of God, the mercy of God who rose in the bush is with you.

To meditate: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2).