JANUARY 6 – RESPECT IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Exodus 3:1-6 – Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
Most of you are familiar with this passage. It is a great passage that ends with what God says He is. “I AM THAT I AM.” It also gives us a great principle that all of us should understand. God sets the standard for coming near to Him.
Today we are a self absorbed people. We are the center of our universe. Every thing, we think, should revolve around us. We set our music choices and say, God this is what I give and you must accept it. We set our worship style and God, you must accept it. We set our way of living and God, you must accept it. We set the way we talk and God, you must accept it. We do this with “attitude.”
God set some standards for Moses. God said to Moses, don’t come near to me. As I read this I understand that there are some things I need to do to approach God.
1. I need to approach God on His terms and not mine. God is Holy. Sin cannot come into the presence of Holiness. Attitude is not allowed in the presence of Holiness.
2. Notice, the term “take off your shoes.” I take that as get rid of the things that separate you from God. We know that common courtesy of the Old and New Testament was to take a guest in and wash their feet getting rid of the dust and dirt from traveling dusty roads. We see in the New Testament Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. This, to me is a statement, “you are saved, yet you have traveled in the world and have been spotted with the sin of the world.” This shows us that we are not to bring the world into our relationship and communion with God. Here is a simple statement – you cannot come into the presence of God until you; CLEAN YOURSELF UP FROM THE WORLD.
3.God will meet you where you are but He does not want to leave you there. I know this is a popular saying – God Will Meet You Where You Are. I see that all the time and I want to shout, Yes He will meet you in your sin and degradation and upon your repentance and confession He will save you. Now you are a new man in Christ. He does not leave you in that sin and degradation, His desire is to bring you out of sin and the old life. Some are so thankful that their whole life changes and others notice. Old friends leave because they love sin and you no longer love sin. There are others He has to pull kicking and screaming away from the love of the world. That causes some of us to wonder if they were truly saved. Some need to read Ephesians chapter 4, where Paul wrote about the new man.
Christians are not Frank Sinatra. We don’t do it our way. We must do it God’s way. He is our creator and sent His Son as our Savior and the Holy Spirit as our indwelling seal until the day of redemption.
I heard this statement some time ago. Well, God will have to understand. How presumptuous is that statement. Do we really think we can manipulate God? We must understand what God wants. That brings things from rebellion to humility. Are we really humble before God?