“Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)
Dear People Who Keep Company with God,
Moses was raised as a prince of Egypt, but also knew that he was a Hebrew. God gave him the heart of a deliverer, but in Exodus 2 Moses takes his destiny into his own hands. A fellow Israeli is being abused by an Egyptian slave-master, and in the heat of the moment, Moses kills the abuser. He flees for his life and spends the next 40 years in the wilderness. During those 40 years while God is silent, Moses marries, has a family and works as a shepherd. But while God was not speaking audibly to Moses during those years, he was preparing him to deliver the entire Hebrew nation from oppression. Destiny’s time came near, and one day Moses sees a burning bush. Moses says, “I will turn aside and see this great sight.” (Exodus 3:1-4) Why is the bush burning, but is not consumed? You have to be curious about what God is doing right where you are. Take time to pay attention to your surroundings, what is going on around you, what is happening in your home, community, church, and workplace. You might just see God doing something, and it may lead to your breakthrough.
As soon as Moses turns around and sees the burning bush, God reveals Himself and says, “Moses, take the shoes off of your feet. Where you are standing is holy ground.” Moses was standing on holy ground, and he did not know it. You may be standing on the threshold of destiny. You could be in the land of dreams coming true and not be aware of it. God wanted Moses to realize that his breakthrough was tied up to where he was, not where he hoped and longed to be. God wants you to respect wherever you are; He desires for you to honor the place you find yourself. It doesn’t matter if you are on the backside of nowhere. It doesn’t matter if you feel you are prospering in your circumstance or even if God is speaking to you there. You should respect it because your blessings may be connected to that place.
During the time of the prophet Jeremiah, Jerusalem was overrun and plundered by the Babylonians. The people were uprooted from their homes and forcefully relocated to Babylon. But God was still with them and gave them wisdom on how to live and prosper in their new home. He told them, “Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.” (Jeremiah 29:7) God told them they could make their new home holy, or it would be hellish for them. As sons and daughters of the King, we have His favor upon our lives, but we don’t always enjoy that favor. Why? Many times, we don’t esteem where God has put us. Instead of being thankful, praying and speaking blessings, we criticize, complain and find fault, and that will stop the flow of favor. Wherever you find yourself you can make it hellish or holy. Bless where you are. Honor where you are, and God will cause His light to break forth. You will enter a season of destiny being fulfilled.
Many Blessings, BW