Claiming Holy Ground Exodus 3: 1-6 (Part 2)
As Moses looked with interest at the burning bush, (I hope you know the story from Exodus 3), God informed Moses that he was standing on holy ground. Holy ground is not to be taken casually. For that reason God instructed Moses to remove his shoes. It was a part of God’s way of accenting the significance of the holy.
There are significant lessons here about holy ground. Two of those lessons were presented in Part 1 of these devotional thoughts.
Our third lesson comes from the simple statement in verse one that Moses came to the mountain of God.
Claiming holy ground means that I am willing to come as I am to where God is.
Approaching that mountain meant that Moses was putting aside the distractions of physical enticement and mental attitudes. This was God’s mountain and God was in charge. Moses decided that was where he wanted to be.
For many of us it may be a terrifying thing to think of approaching such a place. We need time to contemplate what God will say. Will He have demands against my personal desires and habits? Will He allow a listening ear to a man in my position as a mere caretaker for another man’s goats? Will it bother Him that I am not clothed in royal robes or that I am not in possession of parliamentary power? Will He notice the odor of goats and sheep? Should I take time to improve my physical appearance and plan my speech?
There is no indication that any of these matters caused Moses to delay his desire for a holy ground relationship with God.
As I face my own needs in life, especially my spiritual needs, I must often ask if I am ready to approach God as I am. Do I trust Him enough not to be afraid of His position, His person, His power and His plan for me?
Then I must ask if there has been a time in my life when I also have been willing to leave the world behind, to walk away from that which is familiar, and to approach that which is so different that it is miraculous and demanding. Then I must ask if I am really being honest with my responses. Do I really desire that which is holy? – Dr. Robert Alderman is a contributor to Real Victory For Real Life Volumes 1 & 2
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 2657-2684). . Kindle Edition.
Think About This: A. W. Tozer once wrote, “Time is a resource that is nonrenewable and nontransferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it for a rainy day—when it’s lost it is unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.”
Verses to Memorize: Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 24-25 ESV