Unanticipated Holy Moments

Peggy Byland

READ : Exodus 3:1–10

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” (v. 14)

Moses fled from Egypt and settled in Midian. From the royal palace to the barren wilderness, God was preparing Moses. God had not forgotten his people.

Tending sheep in the desert near Horeb, the mountain of God, Moses turned to look at a strange sight. A bush was blazing but not burning up. In Scripture fire is frequently a sign of God’s presence, especially in Exodus. It is also a symbol of God’s holiness, “for our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29), so it is not surprising when God tells Moses to remove his sandals at the burning bush.

When have you found yourself standing on holy ground? Were you unaware of it, like Jacob when he confessed, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it” (Gen. 28:16). Moses removed his shoes in respect and humility and bowed his face before God.

In this holy place, God reveals his identity. “I AM WHO I AM,” God tells Moses. I AM all—all you need, all that matters. I AM—Yahweh, the Holy One. God says to us, “You shall [also] be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev. 19:2). I will come to the holy places in your lives; I will instruct you in holiness. I will call you and empower you to serve me. Give me your life and I will give life to you.


Lord, we bow before you and seek to understand how we are called to serve you. Amen.