Now Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law … to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. (Exodus 3.1)
Life is a wilderness. Each day presents a never-ending array of contradictions and challenges. In the wilderness you experience trouble and peace, faith and fear, joys and heartaches, comfort and suffering, living and death. The wilderness of life is unpredictable, incomprehensible, uncontrollable, yet, there you live.
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. So Moses thought, “I will turn aside to see this strange sight, why the bush is not burned up.” (Exodus 3.2-3)
In the commonplace struggle of life, Moses came to the mountain of God. It is in the wilderness of life that you come face-to-face with God. It is in the wilderness of life that God speaks to you. Your choice is quite simple: keep your eyes on surviving the daily busyness or turn your eyes to the One who seeks your attention.
When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 3.4)
When, in faith, you look away from yourself and look to Him, you will hear God speak. You will not hear Him speak otherwise.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11.6
God said, “Don’t come any closer! Take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3.5)
God’s warning to Moses is your warning. Do not attempt to approach God with your own, assumed righteousness. You have none.
The only way to approach God is in utter humility, just as you are, without claim to special considerations, i.e., “look at what a nice person I try to be,” “look at how much money I give,” “look at the people I have helped,” “look at me …”
To approach God is to walk on holy ground, His holy ground. To bring claims to personal holiness is to say He is not holy enough, that your goodness can be added to His. Absurd.
Do not attempt to approach God with excuses, there are none.
Do not attempt to approach Him blaming others – that’s another lame excuse for yourself.
Even quoting scripture helps not at all if your heart remains unchanged.
The approach to God must be from a humble and contrite heart but you never approach Him by yourself.
God the Father has provided a Companion, a Friend, a Sacrifice, a Savior with whom we walk boldly to the throne of grace: Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the Promised Land in the wilderness of life. He is our righteousness. With no sandals, no worldly claims on your feet, but simply with Jesus, approach God and hear Him speak.
He loves you.