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Holy Ground

Exodus 3:5

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Think for a moment about the places in your life that you consider holy ground. Maybe it is the halls of your high school. Maybe it is the place where you met your spouse. For pastors it might be that first appointment or that appointment where everything seemed to jell in your ministry. What place do you consider holy ground?

Think for a moment about the places in your life that you consider holy ground. For some of us it might be our yard or our gardens. For some it might be our homes. For some it might be that first date or the birth of your first child. What place do you consider holy ground?

Think for a moment about the places in your life that you consider holy ground. Maybe it was the place you met someone famous? Maybe it was the place in time you go back to for your happy place (I still listen to music from the 60’s and 70’s more often than other music).

Holy ground is usually a special place – and place where you have good memories – a place where something significant happened in your life. I have several places I consider holy ground in my life.

In today’s passage God is telling Moses to take off his sandals – because he is walking on holy ground because it is a place where God walks. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Exodus 3:1–6 – 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 4 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.” 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

I have numerous holy ground places where I met God. One is the Mall in DC where well-over a million men met God at a Promise Keeper’s event – Stand in the Gap. Another was the stadium in Atlanta where 40,000 pastors gathered for another Promise Keeper’s event. Still another was a near death accident on route 3 in Crofton when God delivered me from certain death in an accident with a tractor-trailer. Another was at the birth of my three children. Another was the altar at Seat Pleasant UMC (now Gethsemane UMC) when I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior – and I could go on.

Where have you met God? In the Old Testament – when a patriarch or the people met God – they established altars so they could worship God at that place whenever they passed that way.

Are there special – holy ground places in your life? There should be. Where has God met you in your life’s journey?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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May 17, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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