Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 3, 2018

Shoes

Exodus 3:5 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. (NIV)

I used to wonder what the significance of taking off our shoes was.  In the Old Testament culture shoes were symbols of deals finished as in Ruth and Boaz.  In Eastern cultures shoes worn outside are not worn in the house.  We wear shoes for protection.  We need no protection from God.  Being barefoot is a sign of humility.  This is a sign of trust and submission.  In God’s armor, shoes represent the Gospel of peace.  Shoes are usually the last thing we put on when we dress.  When we put them on we are ready for action.  When we take our shoes off in the presence of God as we worship Him we are showing our humility, our not ready for action until we listen to Him for instructions, our vulnerability without God in our life.  Physically taking off our shoes when we worship and pray helps us realize our vulnerability without God, or need to listen and our inability to act without His instruction.  Whether we do this physically or mentally, let us keep the attitude of humility and need for His instruction before we can go forward.

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