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Careful Where You Stand

Shoes aren’t bad. But for some reason, God asks folks to take their shoes off because they are on holy ground, in His presence. There’s some rich symbolism going on here to be further explored at a later time, but the point is: it’s not an everyday thing to stand in the presence of God.

My oldest has been reading from a book called Steps to Christ, and he has been sharing his thoughts with me. It seems he came to understand judging one another in a new light. When we look at others, the only standard we should ever compare them to is God. When we compare others to our own standards (think your personal preferences and how you interpret rules and regulations) then we are doing a dangerous thing. We are putting ourselves in the place of God. The Bible calls that blasphemy and it isn’t taken lightly. Michael went on and talked about the fact that when we compare others to God, but we tear them apart and try to point out all their faults, again, we are in trying to stand in the place of God.

Moses trembled and took off his shoes. Isaiah, Daniel and many others fell down unable to move when seeing a vision of God. And we try to stand in His place? We wouldn’t last a moment in His presence on our feet, chin up in the air. We would be instantly humbled at His majesty and glory. Yet we dare to judge others and try to stand in His place?

Thanks for sharing Michael. Thanks for the reminder that we must all be careful where we stand.

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The Approach

Imagine if you will a courtroom where the judge decides before even laying eyes on the defendant or plaintiff that the defendant is guilty. He then has to make sure all the evidence presented in the case supports that and he doesn’t allow any evidence proving innocence to be shown. Is this justice? Is this the right approach?

Unfortunately, many who study the Bible do so in a manner like the judge in my parable. We already have ideas about what the “truth” should be and instead of looking up each and every reference to that particular subject – we only select the verses that prove our point or can be misrepresented somehow to do so.

What is your approach? I will admit, I’ve been on both sides of the coin at times, but I have greater peace and satisfaction in “truths” I discover when all of the evidence is seen and carefully examined. Pray as you study God’s Word. Pray for wisdom and the right approach.

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