The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached…where God was. Exodus 20:21
No doubt the Israelites wondered, “What does God’s presence feel like? What does His voice sound like? What does His glory look like?” Only Moses knew. And it seems that most folks were happy to let it stay that way. Listen: “The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached… where God was.” Sound familiar? Like S.M.O. Christian? (Sunday morning only!) They told Moses: “You tell us what God says…but don’t let God speak directly to us. “Why? Were they afraid God might tell them something they didn’t particularly want to hear? When you haven’t carried out His last set of instructions, it’s hard to be enthused about the next set.
John writes: “How can we be sure that we belong to him? By obeying his commandments… those who obey God’s word really do love him” (see 1Jn 2:3-5). So, how about it? Are you only interested in being a ‘spiritual voyeur’ – an onlooker who gets a vicarious thrill out of watching God move in the lives of others, instead of accepting the discipline required to have a personal relationship with Him yourself? Do you want His gifts and His favor, but not the commitment that goes along with them?
God doesn’t want you to be infatuated with the Bible, or the church, or even His blessings. No, He wants you to fall in love with Him! He’s looking for a bride, not a girlfriend, somebody who’ll stick with Him when the going gets tough. So, are you ready to put on the ring of commitment today?