February 18
Exodus 3:1-6

A burning bush

One day, Moses was looking after Jethro’s sheep far out in the desert. While he was near a mountain called Sinai, he saw a bush burning. “This is strange,” he thought. “The bush isn’t burning up!” So he went closer to have a look.

As Moses got closer, the Lord called to him, “Moses! Moses!”

“Yes, here I am,” Moses replied.

“Do not come any closer,” God said.” Take off your sandals because the ground you are standing on is holy.”

Moses was afraid to look at God, so he covered his face.

What does holy mean?

When Moses heard the voice in the desert, he knew that it was God speaking to him. God does not often speak directly to people, and Moses was very afraid because his heart was sinful.

Only God is holy. That is why it is difficult for us as sinful people to understand the full meaning of holiness.

To be holy means to be without sin, completely pure and good. But holiness is much more than just being without sin. Holiness is also having a love so great that it cannot be measured (Romans 8:39), mercy that never ends (Luke 1:50), and faithfulness that never fails (Psalm 36:5). Yet, holiness is even more than that! Holiness is all that God is.

God wants us to be like Him, and even though we will never be perfect here on earth, we can follow the example of Jesus by living like He did.

Verse for today

“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do…” 1 Peter 1:15.