As we move into Exodus 3, we see that Moses is tending the flock of his new Father-in-Law (v.1), and he sees something so unusual and wonderful that he simply must stop and look (vv.2-3, cf. Psalm 19). He is then told this,
When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said,
“Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
The Lord called to Moses from the bush and Moses moved towards with an obedient answer of “Here I am“, only to be told, hey, that’s close enough, the place on which you are standing is holy ground. Moses is called, then, but cannot get too close to an altogether holy and righteous God. The gap between the natural, sinful, fleshly life of Moses and the altogether holy and righteous God was too much and Moses had to keep his distance.
For you and for me now, the call is still the same; the Lord calls you by name and expects you to answer “Here I am“. However, that is where the similarities end, as you can draw near to God, knowing He will draw near to you (James 4.8a). How then is this possible? How can you and I draw closer to God than even Moses, the great man used so mightily of God?
The ground between you and God has been bridged, buttressed, and branched by Jesus. You can now draw closer to God than Moses could here because of the finished work of Jesus. The call is the same, He calls you by name. Your response is the same, “Here I am“, but then you can draw close to God in a way Moses could never because of the shed blood of Jesus for you and your faith therein. He has covered the ground between you and God.
If you started to plot a course of how God has moved in your life, plot this today; I can draw nearer to God than even Moses because of what Jesus did for me.