Then God said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet [out of respect], because the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Then He said, “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, because he was afraid to look at God. Exodus 3:5-6 AMP
There is protocol for every occasion or event in life; in the past, protocols were enacted for heads of state and government officials. Today, there are protocols for everything you do. They dictate how you travel; how you dine out and now, even how you receive medical attention.
When God had an encounter with Moses, there was protocol for Moses to follow; he had to remove his sandals. God didn’t say remove your sandals, without giving an explanation. He told Moses the place where he was standing was holy ground. The protocol for holy ground is to remove your sandals. Joshua had a similar experience in Joshua 5:15, “The captain of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy (set apart to the Lord).” And Joshua did so.”
This shows reverence for God; reverence shows deep respect and honors God. In Nehemiah 8, Ezra stood up to read the Law; when he opened the book, all the people stood up. Not some or those who felt like it, but all. They chose to show reverence for God. God is holy and therefore, they are protocols for engaging with Him. “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.” Psalm 89:7 NKJV.
How should you respond to the holiness of God? Isaiah 6 talks about Isaiah’s experience with God in the year King Uzziah died. He saw a vision of God in His holy place. There were ministering angels and as they flew around they said, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Verse 3. God is holy; the word holy has its roots in Hebrew and means to set apart. God is set apart from His creation. He existed before the creation of the world and the people in it. When Isaiah got a good look at God, it enabled him to take a good look at himself; he said, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Verse 5. God’s holiness reveals our sinfulness. But thank God for spiritual cleansing that we can answer the call like Isaiah and say, “Here am I; send me.”
Thought for Today: Friend, God is holy; fear Him.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.