Joshua was commanded to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground.
The removing of his shoes had significance. It wasn’t just a random commandment of The Lord.
Joshua’s shoes represented the filth of the world that he had been dealing with.
The removal of the shoes teaches us that we are capable of putting all things aside and focusing completely on Jesus.
Just as Joshua was able to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground, you are able to separate yourself from the cares of this world when you commune with Jesus. Begin with prayer. Ask The Lord to change your frame of mind…to lead you…to consume your thoughts.
It will require effort to meet with Jesus fully focused on him. Just as it required effort for Joshua to remove his shoes. You may have to move to a different place. (Maybe from the work area to the kitchen table.) He may have you change the time you meet with Him. (Maybe from a nighttime reading to an early morning devotional.) Just be willing to make any changes He requires of you. The results will be well worth it.
Originally posted July 16, 2013