“Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father … I have come down to rescue [my people] from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey… But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you. Say this to the people of Israel: “I Am has sent me to you.”—Exodo 3:5-14, NLT
When God said to Moses, “you are standing on holy ground,” Moses was not in “The Holy Land,” nor even in Egypt. He was living as a refugee in an alien land—neither the place where he grew up nor the land of his destiny. Nevertheless, God declared the ground “holy.” God’s own presence there had sanctified that alien land.
In the course of the interview, Moses received the revelation of God’s own name: I am. The God “Yo Soy” always is, and always “is with” God’s people, wherever they may go. Throughout the Scriptures, this truth remains the same. Even the name Isaiah profesies for Jesus the Messiah–Immanuel—means “God is with us.”
The God of the Bible is the ideal God of Immigrants. No matter where we go, God will accompany us. This truth sanctifies ever place we may go, whether it be the place of our birth or the land of our destiny, or the road that connects the two.
People who know that God “is with” them, know that God will guide them to a land that flows with milk and honey. Go forth, with faith in the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Dr. Joseph Castleberry is President of Northwest University in Kirkland Washington. He is the author of Your Deepest Dream: Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life and The Kingdom Net: Learning to Network Like Jesus. Follow him on Twitter at @DrCastleberry and at http://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Castleberry.