And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
15 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.
If you have ever wondered what would be the first think God would say to you if you encountered Him in the flesh, I think we have a good indication here in this verse. “Take your sandal off your foot.” Or, in our culture it would be, “Take your hat off!”
Therefore, He would be saying to us, “Before I speak to you at all, show some respect. Do you realize who I am? Before I speak to you, you really need to get yourself prepared, to get your heart right.”
This incident in Joshua 5:14-15 is so similar to the prayer our Lord gave to His disciples. In the first petition, He said to them, “In this manner, therefore, pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.”
It is the same idea. Before we have a conversation with God, before we can relate to God in any way, before we can expect Him to do anything for us we must realize His holy presence and have respect for Him.
Here are some questions I think we should be constantly asking ourselves:
1. Do I realize that I am in His presence?
2. Am I rebelling against His presence in any way?
3. Do I realize who He is—that He is perfectly holy and can’t allow sin in His presence?
You know the whole problem with us when we sin don’t you? We either forget that He is present, or we say that we don’t care and try to block Him out of our thoughts.
My prayer for you today—as I also pray for myself—is that you would more and more realize that He is with you and is Holy. Give Him the full respect He deserves. And please, take your hat off!