IN OUR SHOES
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  Esther 1-2 | Acts 5:1-21

“‘Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’” —Exodus 3:5

While Moses tended his father-in-law’s sheep, his attention was drawn to a flaming bush in the desert. A burning bush is not unusual in the desert as it can spontaneously ignite in extreme heat and dryness. The phenomenon with this bush was that it continued to burn without being consumed. God was manifesting Himself to Moses from within the bush. He then instructed him to take off his sandals, as he was standing on holy ground. Was this simply a show of reverence or did it hold a more significant meaning?

“Holy” means to be set apart for God, and God’s strategy in this world has always been through people. God was about to commission Moses to be the deliverer of His people; a monumental task, which involved freeing over 2 million people from the most fortified city in the world. The first thing God required was obedient feet. Moses had to go back to Egypt, but if he stayed in the desert herding sheep he would be of no use to God.

At 80 years old, Moses had every reason to be reluctant. He was a fugitive from justice, a failure in his first attempt to free the Israelites and he considered himself to be poor in speech. But God said to him, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). What qualified Moses and what qualifies us to be of service to God is dependence on the life of God. God uses everyday people with all their failures and weaknesses so that what is accomplished can only be explained in terms of what God is doing.

As Christians, we are workers with God, not for Him, and it is the power of God in our shoes that will accomplish the task. God promises Moses and his successor, Joshua, “Every place where you set your foot will be yours” (Deuteronomy 11:24 & Joshua 1:3). Why? Because God will be in their shoes. The basic principle of Christian living and service is to know we are unable to do what God calls us to do, but God will do it through us. Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news...” God is not interested in our ability, but our mobility, and the first part of our anatomy He requires is our feet.

In service to God, we cannot superimpose our own standards. Who we are is secondary to who God is. In becoming the instrument God would use to free His people, Moses had to first obey what God said and trust Him. God requires no less of us, and it then becomes a matter of allowing God to fill our shoes.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I ask that You deepen my trust in You and obedience to You. Grant me a faith that is not fearful or hesitant, but allows You to fill my shoes. Thank You, Lord.


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