Going Shoeless

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Exodus 3:5, “Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." (NIV)

Going ShoelessI take for granted the fact that I can meet with God every day. I forget that He is waiting, holding open His arms, inviting me to enter His presence.



I wonder if Moses had a similar problem. Maybe, Moses had a sheep-tending-before-God tendency. Perhaps, Moses struggled to come humbly before God, too.

When the former prince of Egypt became passionate about freeing his people, but didn’t run his plans past God first, he ended up in exile in the desert. He spent many days herding sheep.

Little did he know that God planned for him to shepherd the flock of Israel.

First, though, God had to get Moses’ attention. So God set a bush on fire.

At last, Moses paid attention to God when he saw the burning bush. Moses was deeply humbled as he realized that this was God speaking. To him! As a symbol of his humility, Moses took off his shoes at God’s command.

Can you see the sacred symbol behind Moses’ action? He was in the presence of God Almighty. Out of respect and in order to honor his God, Moses took off his shoes and “hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God” (verse 6).

This prince, criminal, and shepherd recognized that he was standing in God's presence. I wonder, how often do I acknowledge that I am in God’s presence?

I'm usually too full of my own pressing concerns, requests, and emotions to concentrate on the fact that I am bowing down before the King of the universe.

How smoothly my prayer time would go if I made a habit of acknowledging who God is and worshipping Him before I spring into the “I need’s”?

There’s only one way to find out...

Will you go with me to regularly approach the Throne of Grace by first taking off your shoes?

Dear Lord, I am humbled. I am in Your presence and that is an amazing and life-changing thing. Thank You! In Jesus' name, Amen.
GO DEEPER

Ponder: "My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken! "I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. - Isaiah 66:2

Apply: Get before God and whisper His names in humility and praise. Soak in who He is.

Share: Do you struggle with going shoeless?

Rachelle Rea is a homeschool graduate studying Communications as a college sophomore. She coaches gymnastics at her local YMCA. She is a graduate of She Speaks and can often be found with her nose in a good book, her pen in her favorite notebook, or bloggingat www.rachellerea.com.

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