Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Based Upon: Exodus 3:4-5
Much can be said about the holiness of God. At the sound His name demons flee, diseases lose their grip, and broken hearts are bound up. God’s presence inspires unholy men to become worldwide evangelists, prostitutes to become His witnesses, and the dumb cannot help but to speak eloquently.
Moses had a close encounter with this God, the One whom angels adore and humankind worships. During the beginning stages of Moses’ ministry, God spoke to him through a bush that, though on fire, was not consumed. As Moses sought to understand the nature of this grand display, the Lord spoke to him. The first thing He told Moses was to take off his shoes, because the very ground beneath him was holy. This is not the only time this occurred in Bible history. “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.” (Joshua 5:13, 15).
What made the ground that was just ordinary moments before these men’s encounter with God holy? The answer is simple yet beautiful. The fact that God was present made even the ground holy.
Is God present in your life?
If He lives in your heart, you too are holy.
Was the ground holy by nature? Just as the composition of the ground is ordinary by itself, we are as well. When God inhabits a person, place, or thing, it automatically becomes holy. Pray that the Lord will so permeate your life that you will be seen as holy in God’s estimation. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16).