God Is Holy
"And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground." (Exodus 3:5)
Moses was a shepherd. He lived in the desert and watched the sheep that his father-in-law owned. He had once been a prince of Egypt, but he had left that life, gotten married, and had decided to stay in the desert to raise his family rather than return to Egypt. Moses remembered that he was a Hebrew, and his mother had taught him all about Jehovah God even before he had gone to the palace to be a prince. Moses knew how to worship and serve the Holy God. But Moses preferred to do that in the quiet of the desert rather than back in Egypt.
One day, as Moses was watching the sheep in the desert, he saw a fire. At least, he thought he saw a fire. When he found the source of the fire, he realized a bush was on fire, but it was not burning up! What an amazing sight! Moses had never seen anything like it. Suddenly, he heard a voice calling his name. He realized it was coming from the burning bush. The voice said, Turn aside and take off your shoes. You are standing on Holy Ground. Moses did as the voice commanded. He realized as the voice continued to speak to him that it was the Lord talking to Him. God told Moses that he would be the one to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt. Moses realized it was a tremendous task and that he was unworthy of the job. God assured Moses that He would give him the words to speak. Moses only needed to do what he was commanded.
One of the lessons that Moses learned at the burning bush was that God is a holy God. Do you know what the word holy means? In part, it means that God is worthy to be worshipped. Worship is not simply singing hymns on Sunday at a worship service. According to Romans 12:1, our whole lives are worship to God.
One way that Moses showed his worship to God was obeying what God told him to do at the burning bush. Even though Moses liked his quiet life as a shepherd, Moses did what he did not want to do and became the leader of God's people. Moses' life became a life of worship to the Holy God of Israel.
The same God Whom Moses worshipped by his obedience is the God we worship today. Our obedience to God is part of the worship that He deserves as a holy God.
Because God is holy, He is worthy of our worship.
» Do I think of worship as something I do only on Sundays, or do I think of worship as my obedience to God during the week, too?
» Are there things that God wants me to do that I haven't been doing?
Truth In Real Life
“Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying.”
Edward McKendree Bounds’ name would become a name very famously associated with the topic of prayer. However, he would never become well-known during his lifetime. He would not find out until heaven just how much his books would influence Christians all around the world.
“E. M.” Bounds, as he was called, was born on August 15, 1835, in Shelby County, Missouri. From a young age he studied the Bible and talked to God in prayer. He went to a public school, and by age 21, he was becoming a respected lawyer. At age 24, he changed professions and became a preacher. He began preaching during the time of the Civil War when many Americans were feeling scared and sad. Bounds served as a chaplain on the front lines of the Confederate Army. In 1861, he was placed in a war prison for a year and a half because he failed to take an oath for the government.
No matter what trials he went through, E.M. Bounds talked to God every day. Every morning, Bounds would get out of bed and pray for three hours before beginning his day. He would talk to God from 4am-7am, and then he would begin writing.
During the last seventeen years of his life, Bounds wrote some of history’s most helpful books on the topic of Christian prayer. His book Power Through Prayer is often called “the greatest book on prayer ever written.” For nearly one century, Bounds’ books have been considered classic works – encouraging Christians everywhere to talk to their heavenly Father. It was said that Bounds prayed as often and as easily as he breathed. Right before he died, he wrote these words: “When He is ready, I am ready; I long to taste the joys of the heavenlies.”
Do you long to fellowship with God in prayer? When was the last time you really talked to Him?
Psalm 55:17 – Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.