Tests, Reverence, and Indwelling


After the ten commandments were given, there was thunder and lightning and smoke and the people of Israel were afraid.  Moses’ comfort was not very comforting.  He told them not to be afraid, and then he said something that would have made me very afraid…

18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
Exodus 20:18-21

God has come to test you…

Really?!?!?

Isn’t there someone else he can test?  God evidently wants us Israel to experience God’s powerful presence, a sense of awesome fear, and a corresponding desire to stay right in God’s eyes.   Now, don’t you think he wants the same for us?

We have the Holy Spirit resident within us, and you can’t get any closer than that.  No smoke.  No lightning.  Yet resurrection power within us.  What do you mean?  Romans 8:11 declares that the Spirit of he who raised Jesus is within us.  Resurrection power.

I often take a cavalier attitude toward my conduct or attitude in life.  Don’t you?  We get lazy.  We are lax.  We flirt with the notion that God isn’t actually present.  We act like he isn’t.

We could use – I could use – a dose of God has come to test you.  My reverence meter would shoot up in a hurry.  Not to be afraid.  To be reflective of Jesus.  I follow Jesus.  And I want to follow Jesus with reverence and recognition of the Spirit being resident within me.

Don’t you?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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