08/04/18 Daily Devotion – ‘for the place where you are standing is holy ground’

“When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am.’ ‘Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’” — Exodus 3:4&5 (NIV84)

Have you ever stood on holy ground? Have you ever been in the presence of your holy God? I mean in His presence in such a way that you could physically feel the spiritual reality. If you have, it is a moment that you will never forget. If you haven’t, I pray that soon God will reveal Himself to you in such a way. It is an awesome experience. The key word element there is “awe.” Moses worked his way closer to the bush that had him curious and amazed. Although on fire, the bush was not being consumed. As Moses drew closer, he was met with a voice, with words spoken from within the bush. What did he hear? His name! The voice within the burning bush spoke his name, “Moses, Moses…” Just stop there for a second. It was amazing enough that he was experiencing an impossibility: a bush burning but not being consumed by its flames. But now he heard his name called. Moses responded with the only words possible, “Here I am!” He had to be stunned. Before he could say or think anything else, he was told to take off his sandals and not come any closer “for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Now he was awed! He knew he was experiencing something supernatural. Just put the pieces together: burning bush not being consumed, voice knowing his name, and standing on holy ground.

All of a sudden Moses was a long way from Midian. He was a long way from his wife and children. He was a long way from Egypt. He was in the presence of God Himself, and God was calling out his name. WOW!! But let me tell you something more amazing than Moses’ encounter with God. Everywhere you stand is holy ground. Let me explain. God has called you by name (Isaiah 43:1); He has made you born again (John 1:12&13; John 3:6&7); He has filled you with His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). You are a living breathing temple of the Holy Spirit. What God has done in you, and continues to do through you, is significantly greater than the encounter with Moses. Every time you open your Bible to meditate on God’s Word, you are on holy ground. Every time you are in God’s house to worship, you are on holy ground. Every time you live out your Christian faith to the Glory of our risen Savior, you are on holy ground.

Let’s be in awe today and every day of what God can do to make our ordinary extraordinary — even holy!


Pastor Tom


About the author: Tom Donnelly