The God Insulator
When we hear the story of Moses and the burning bush in Exodus 3, we tend to think that God told Moses to take off his sandals as a sign of respect for God. That’s part of the explanation, but today we’re going to go much deeper.
The ground was holy. God said so. And God told Moses to take off his sandals. Do you understand?
God wanted Moses to touch the Holy.
“Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)
Your sandals insulate you from the Holy. Are you wearing sandals? The sandals are whatever separates you from God. I’ll give you a couple of examples.
Sometimes things – material possessions – separate us from God. We spend and spend, building thicker soles on our sandals. Our debts are the sandal thongs that hold the soles, which are our possessions, to our feet. Our desire for things, and our anxiety about our debt, separate us from God. They become a needless distraction and fill our hearts and minds with discontent and worry.
Idleness is another sandal that separates us from God. We know that we should do something, but we do nothing. Put your hand on your television. Is it warm? Now check the temperature of your heart. Is it cold? The degree of warmth shows you what you use the most.
I have given you some examples of things that separate us from God, but I won’t presume to know what your sandals are made of. I don’t need to know. You know. Even as you’re reading my words, the Holy Spirit of God is speaking to you about your sandals.
Take off your sandals. They are the only thing between you and God’s holy ground.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)