Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Joshua 5:15)

It happened to Jacob when he was fleeing his brother and heading to the land of his ancestors.  Alone and afraid of what lie ahead, Jacob lay down that night with a stone for his pillow.  God spoke to Jacob in a dream and told him that He would be with him and help him.  Jacob awoke from his dream and exclaimed, “Wow, God was here, and I didn’t even know it” (Gen. 28:16)

It happened to Moses.  Tending his flock on a mountainside, Moses’ attention was drawn to a bush that was on fire.  God began to speak from that bush and told Moses to take off his sandals because he was standing on “holy ground” (Ex. 3:5).  God continued to speak and told Moses that He was calling him to a great adventure.  Moses didn’t need to be afraid because God was with him.

Joshua was about to face his first battle in the conquest of the Promised Land. It would be a long, fierce war. Joshua needn’t be afraid.  God was with him.  He just needed to take off his sandals and acknowledge that fact.  Holy ground is where God is.

Are you facing challenges?  Beloved, God is with you.  Acknowledge His presence.  You are not alone. Take off your shoes.