Unstoppable! 'Humbled at Holiness' — Acts 7:30-33

Monday, April 8, 2024

[In his defense before the council, Stephen continued to tell the story of Moses:] "Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight. As he went to take a closer look, the voice of the Lord called out to him, 'I am the God of your ancestors — the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses shook with terror and did not dare to look.

"Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.'"

— Acts 7:30-33 NLT

Key Thought

Moses' heart changed in his wilderness years as a shepherd. He married and had a family. They were, however, not of the royal class, but from simple, honest, and hard-working people. In Egypt, he had let his heart be filled with impetuous rage backed, as he thought, by his position in the palace and his royal privileges. When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, he was properly awestruck in the presence of the great "I AM"! (Exodus 3:14) Even then, God tested his humility and told him to remove his sandals. Moses did. He had been in the presence of human power in the Egyptian palace. He now experienced a majesty far more magnificent, so he was now in a place in his heart to understand the profound truth of God's majesty. Are we?

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, I know I am not of status or worldly position that might let me think I could demand a place in your presence. When I realize that Jesus paid the price of my adoption into your family and gave me the right to come to you as my Abba Father, I am awestruck and amazed. Moses' reaction should be my own, except you, O Lord placed your Spirit inside me and long for me to call you Father. So now, even as I pray this prayer, I bow in your presence to thank you, worship you, and fall at your feet in love. I am a little child at the feet of Papa, the almighty God who is my Father. Thank you forever. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Isaiah 6:1-8
  • Galatians 3:26-4:7

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Illustration

Illustration of Acts 7:30-33 NLT — [In his defense before the council, Stephen continued to tell the story of Moses:] "Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight. As he went to take a closer look, the voice of the Lord called out to him, 'I am the God of your ancestors — the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses shook with terror and did not dare to look.
"Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.'"

About This Devotional

Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.

Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.