“And the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did so.” Joshua 5:15
The Lord is holy. This aspect of His character, this reality that He is supreme and has no equal, that He is perfect and pure, complete and unchanging, should flood our hearts with awe. Yet at times we allow the thought to become commonplace. We think of it casually, failing to feel the weight and recognize the great value in this description of our God.
This holiness called both Joshua and Moses to remove the sandals from their feet as they stood on holy ground. It compelled the prophet Isaiah to declare, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5). Seeing it manifested in brilliant, indescribable glory, the prophet Ezekiel immediately fell on his face, standing only at the instruction of God and in the strength of His Spirit (Ezekiel 1:28-2:2). This holiness causes the creatures in heaven to continually give glory and honor and thanks to the One seated on the throne, day and night never ceasing to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” which in turn compels the elders around Him to worship, casting their crowns before the throne and saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4:8-11).
How often do we lose our sense of wonder at the unsearchable greatness and majestic holiness of the God who created all things and lives forever and ever? He is infinite. He is unchanging. He is holy.
Lord God, impress on our hearts the greatness of who You are. Strengthen us to feel the weight of Your holiness. Open our eyes to see it manifested in brilliant glory. May we be filled with wonder and driven to our knees in humility and conviction, never ceasing to give glory, honor, thanks, and praise to the Holy One who lives forever and ever.