MAR 28This is Holy Ground
Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground." (Exod. 3:5)
John Wesley, the father of Methodism, was almost in despair because of a failed mission to America. He didn't have the faith to continue to preach. He had become fearful and found little comfort in his religion. Wesley found himself crying out, "Lord, help my unbelief!" Still he felt dull within and only a little motivated, even to pray for his own salvation. On May 24, 1738 he reluctantly attended a meeting in Aldersgate. Someone read from Luther's preface to the Epistle to Romans. He said, "While he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt that I did trust Christ, Christ alone for salvation. And an assurance was given me that Christ had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."
The Hebrews took off their shoes like we would take off our hats. The removal of the sandal was a gesture of respect. It was the sign of recognizing royalty. It was an act of veneration. When God is really present, there is always fellowship and fear, reverence and respect, approach and awe. There is no commonness and boredom in the presence of the holy God. The words "We are standing on holy ground" must be more than a song. It must be the realization that at any time in the life of faith we may encounter God in the moment. On the other hand, some of us expect nothing to happen in the life of faith, so we get exactly what we expect.
God can confront you with the extraordinary in the midst of the ordinary. You should be alert and attentive when these extraordinary moments come to you.
Lord God, we confess that we've grown dull in our walk with You. Somehow in the "everyday-ness" of life, we've lost our awe and reverence for You. We humbly ask that You would forgive us for our familiarity with You. Sensitize our hearts afresh with Your Spirit so that we can worship You like when we first got saved. Amen.