"Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was."
As God prepared the people of Israel to receive the 10 Commandments, he called them to come out of their tents and stand before Mount Sinai. Then God's presence came upon the mountain in the form of darkness, clouds, thunder & lightning. It was quite terrifying to the people. After god gave the Commandments, verse 21 appears, saying that while the people stood at a distance from God, "Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was."
As a pastor, this verse resonated with me today. Life is filled with "thick darkness" at times. It's everywhere, if you take the time to look. Many get overwhelmed by the darkness in their lives and the world around them. It's human nature to stand back at a distance. But Moses, as the spiritual leader, was called to "draw near" to the darkness. Not to run away, but to approach it. Enter it. Embrace it. Why? Because God was present IN THE DARKNESS.
That's so true. In the darkest moments of our lives, God can be found there - if only we'll "draw near" with expectant hearts. May I, as a pastor, be bold enough to do so. AMEN.