And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
God is a spirit, invisible to us, but He does make Himself known. The people of Israel could hear the thunder and the trumpet sound. They could see the smoke and the lightning. They could feel the ground shaking. This was just a taste of the true presence of God, and it was a fearful thing. It was a demonstration of His power. He has a preeminent place of glory and authority. And yet in the midst of that, He’s talking to Moses. He’s relating to Him and interacting with the people.
From the beginning, God has chosen to interact with us. He walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. His presence filled the tabernacle. His Spirit filled the prophets. His life filled the fleshly body of Jesus Christ. He breathed His Word into our world. And His Holy Spirit falls like a flame into the hearts of believers yet today. And despite the intimacy of that relationship we can have with Him, He is still a God to be feared, one to respect and honor and to whom we submit.
Our holy and almighty God, full of all power, all wisdom and all glory, descends to us. An infinite and unlimited God enters our limited world, squeezes Himself in the bounds of it, so to speak, to be near to us, to interact with us, to develop a relationship with us. He invites us, though it may at times make us tremble in fear, to see, to hear, and to know Him. Are we willing to approach? Are we willing to listen to what He would say to us? Are we willing to meet with God, step into His presence, and know Him as He truly is?