You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm. (Heb. 12:18)
Cozying up on the deck in a comfy chair, in my comfy clothes, with my Bible and journal has become one of my favorite things to do. It’s easy to worship God inside of my comfortable little bubble. It’s peaceful and quiet there. I can connect with God, really focusing and spending time learning and growing.
The Israelites came to a terrifying place. They came directly before God, who was reprimanding them for what they had done and was giving them new instructions on how to live. Who of us have come before God in such a way that we can reach out and touch him? This is where the Israelites found themselves. The glory and power of God filled the mountain so much that they were warned if they even touched it, they would die. They trembled before God because his great power and glory filled the mountain.
How easy is it to forget just how powerful God is? The Israelites were terrified before God, trembling and afraid in his glorious presence. We as Christians come directly into God’s presence every day, and yet we don’t fear and tremble as the Israelites did. We are normally comfortable coming into God’s presence. What changed from the time of the Israelites to now? I’ll give you a hint: Jesus, who bridged the gap between God and us.
Remember to give God the reverence he deserves in your daily worship.
Augustine Gidney is a fourth year Kingswood University student with a focus on counseling and children’s ministry. She loves spending time doing arts and crafts.
© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.