Everyday Peacemaker

Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: God is Holy

by P. Brian Noble / February 24, 2020


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. (Exodus 3:5–6, ESV) 


“Do not come near.” God is holy. “Take off your sandals.” God is holy. “The place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Moses must have been terrified. He experienced the presence of God. He glimpsed the fullness of who God is. Think about a sinful man encountering a holy God! Every ounce of his being must have been shaking. 

I am grateful – because of what Jesus did, we Christians do not need to experience this kind of fear when we’re in God’s presence. 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16, ESV) 

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8a, ESV) 

The New Testament encourages us to draw near to the God of grace. We are to be confident in his presence. Our confidence should not be arrogant, however – it should be humble and grateful. In his presence, we receive mercy and grace. In our time of need, we’ll find mercy and grace. 


Moses was afraid in God’s presence because he was aware of God’s holiness and his own sinfulness. As believers now, we can feel welcome in the Lord’s presence. What do people experience when they are in your presence? Are they intimidated by you? Or are you a person who is marked by mercy and grace? 

Grace and mercy should be the key characteristic of Christian relationships and are important enough to be posted over every church. Let’s work toward having our speech be shaped by grace and mercy. 


Lord, help me to speak every word with grace and mercy. . . . Continue praying. 

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.