The people of Israel stood at the base of Mount Sinai having just received the 10 commandments. They saw the lightning and the mountain smoking and were terrified. God was showing his power so that they would fear and obey the commandment to not venture onto the mountain as it was punishable by death. They ran away because of their fear and told Moses to tell them what God said when he came back.
The Israelites could not touch the mountain because it was holy. As sinners, we cannot come near God without the penalty of death. His holiness and righteousness require perfection – which we obviously don’t have. However, after we accept the gift of salvation, God now sees us with the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21) We are now told “draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8) God desires fellowship with us. Having been made His children through Christ’s death on the cross, He wants us to come to Him as His children.
Have you trusted Christ as your Savior? Then God wants a relationship with you. Do you spend time studying His Word each day? Do you pray as you should? Or do you think that your time in church is enough? Determine to be like Moses and go where God is instead of waiting for His Word to come to you.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder