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Take Off Your Shoes

Day 221
Verse of the day

“…Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Exodus 3:5

Old Testament covenants were often sealed with a footwear deal. So when God told Moses (and even Joshua) to take off his shoes, the import of it may not have been strange to him.

To take one’s shoes is to make one vulnerable. Without shoes, we are weakened, humbled, somewhat incapable. Imagine taking off your shoes outside of your home, on some coal tar or a road filled with rough stones, or imagine taking the shoes of your enemy in battle, you may have as well weakened him to the point of gaining victory over him. That’s how much our shoes matter to us.

Yet, God wants us to willingly take off our shoes in our relationship with Him. When we take off our shoes when with Him, we make ourselves vulnerable, resting fully in His strength and love; we bring ourselves to fully submit and trust His place in our lives, and place ourselves at His mercy.

This is how God wants us to relate with Him, vulnerable children relying on Him for all that we need. And if the term “men don’t cry” were true, it should never apply to our relationship with Dad. If anyone should see our joys and tears, it should be God.

Taking off our shoes must not be equated as taking off the shoes of the ‘preparation of the gospel of peace’ as described by the Apostle Paul. No. Our shoes must always be worn in battle, and in our engagements with the world and its systems. But when it comes to spending time with Dad, we must willingly lose our guard with Him and let Him make of us what He will.

Therefore beloved, take off your shoes.

References: Ephesians 6:15


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Dad, please teach me to trust, to obey, to place myself at Your mercy.


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