20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” 21 So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.
The people of Israel had witnessed the glorious works of God on their behalf.
They knew that God was on their side, in their corner, working on their behalf.
Because He was going to show His awesome Glory and these were the people he had chosen to call His own.
Yet His people were not willing to meet with Him. Moses was the only man willing to meet with God.
And the Lord heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the Lord said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken. O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Go say to them, Get you into your tents again. But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.
From this passage it would seem that the Lord was okay with their decision. Yet their relationship with the Lord wouldn’t be as close as the one Moses would experience.
God heard their words and He told Moses, “Let them stay in their tents.”
“As for you,” He told Moses, “Come stand by Me.”
This would continue until a Tabernacle was built, a place for Meeting with God, and it would only be once a year.
We can do the same today.
We get to a point in our lives where we acknowledge that we are not enough. We can’t handle things at all. We hit rock bottom and we ask God to take over and we either get saved or we step out in faith and renew our fellowship with Him.
Then we see the Glory of our Lord and we experience miracles in our lives.
Time goes by and we forget and we tend to start standing afar off once again. Our walk is hindered with the Lord.
Israel decided to stand afar off from God and it hurt their walk with the Lord.
He didn’t abandon them but it did limit their experience with Him.
Moses chose to draw near
Be like Moses
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.