In the message “The Burning Bush” we saw how God spoke to Moses in a miraculous way. And, although we don’t know for sure, we considered that God may have placed several burning bushes along Moses’ path and called him in a variety of ways during his time as a shepherd. After forty years of relative solitude, Moses was to ready to listen.
When Moses approached the bush and heard God call his name, he simply replied “Here I am” (Exodus 3:4). Moses had no idea how the next few moments would change his life. Initially, he didn’t even know it was God who called. But God was at work, and Moses’ answer signaled his availability to respond.
However, though Moses drew near and was available, he was not yet prepared to hear God’s call.
“‘Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.'”
Sandals were in constant contact with the ground. They were continually stepping in dirt, and “other messes” left from the animals. It was unthinkable to allow something so unclean to be in contact with the holy ground of God’s presence. This act of reverence was expected – even demanded – by God.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ should produce great assurance; “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 3:12). But as we approach the throne, we must always remember He is the King and the Creator of ALL things. He has invited us into an intimate relationship, but we must never attempt to enter into God’s presence with a casual or assuming attitude.
If we desire to hear from God, we must first establish time which is free of distractions – we must be able to see where He is burning and listen for His call. Then we must have an available heart which daily cries out “Here I am!” Finally, we must draw near in reverent and humble submission.
The presence of God demands holiness, it creates holiness…it IS holiness! “For it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy'” (1 Peter 1:16). Without the presence of God, our churches and homes are nothing but walls and a roof, and our lives are nothing but empty shells of flesh. But as we love and worship Him with all our heart, His presence resides within us and we can live with purpose and direction.
Through faith in Jesus we have become His living temple. Let’s take off our sandals by confessing and repenting of ALL that is unclean in our life, all that has been soiled with worldly messes. Let’s live every day and take every step to honor Him; for we are His, and we are standing on holy ground.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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Oct 10 Jeremiah 14:11-16:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13; Psalm 80:1-19; Proverbs 25:1-5