Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 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.” He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Have you ever wondered why God told Moses to remove his sandals? This was an act of reverence—a humble response to being in the midst of the Holy One. Moses did this as a sign of God’s greatness and a sign of his uncleanness in the sight of God.

Yesterday, we considered the truth that God cares intimately for His people and draws near to care for our needs. While this is gloriously true, we must also remember God’s holiness. As we draw near to Him, we must do so in awe and reverence of His holiness. If we have been united with Christ, we can enter into God’s presence with boldness and a righteousness that is not our own. Yet we must still hold a proper fear of God, remembering that He is the authority in our lives and the one worth all worship and praise.

• Why do you think Moses’ instinct was to hide from God? How did this reflect a proper fear of God?

• Where do you need to show further reverence for God in your life?

• Ask God to reveal your “sandals.” What do you need to remove to be fully submissive in His presence?