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 desert 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. (Exodus 3:1-6)
What strikes me about the burning bush encounter is not that God spoke to Moses in this way, but what God said as Moses approached to investigate the strange sight of the burning bush: “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground”
How should we approach God? Surely the act of coming to God, be it in private devotions or corporate worship, should be no different to the experience of Moses. When we come to God we are standing on holy ground. First of all we must obey His command to come. Jesus did. He set aside huge amounts of time to be in His Father’s presence. When we come it may not be possible to remove our shoes and kneel before Him, but the attitude of our hearts should be one of shoes removed, knees bent and head bowed. And if it is possible, then I truly believe that the physical act of removing shoes and kneeling to pray demonstrates to God that we understand just how privileged we are to be able to approach Him.
When Moses had been in God’s presence his face was radiant (Exodus 34:35). Shouldn’t we also be radiant after time spent on holy ground with God.