When God spoke to Moses and called him to be the deliverer of His people Israel out of their bondage and slavery in Egypt, He said to Him, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”- Exodus 3:12. God did deliver His people out of Egypt through Moses and they did come to meet with the Lord at Mount Sinai as He promised.
There at the mountain, God wanted to reveal Himself to His people and to make Himself known to them that they might hear His voice for themselves and receive His good instructions. But their response was fear and they said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen, but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”-Exodus 20:19.
God’s intention has always been to have a personal relationship with His people. We see this in the garden of Eden when Adam walked with God. We see this in the sending of God’s Son Yeshua whose death tore the veil in the temple so that all could come into God’s presence. We see this in the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:34 when God says the days are coming when all will know Him for themselves.
But what is it that hinders us from knowing God and receiving the good things He has for us? Fear. When the people heard God’s voice on the mountain, they were afraid and said to Moses, “you speak to us, but don’t let God speak to us or we might die!” God heard these words and He gave them what they asked for. Moses mediated between God and the people all throughout their journey through the desert.
Later on, when it was time for the children of Israel to inherit the good Land that God wanted to give them to possess as their own, spies were sent out to investigate what it was they would face. When the men came back, most of them gave a negative report and invoked fear into the hearts of the people. Their focus was not on the promise of God, but on the giants the people would need to overcome. Because the people chose fear instead of faith in God, once again, He saw their choice and instead of taking the Land He wanted to give them, they spent the next forty years in the wilderness.
Time and time again, it was fear that kept God’s people from intimacy with God and receiving the good things He had in store for them. Are you afraid to hear God’s answer to something you are seeking Him about? Are you afraid to do something that He is calling you to do? Perhaps you have lost faith that the challenges or giants that you are facing are part of the outworking of God’s plan for your life. In this day, God sets before us a choice to make. We can either choose fear and miss out on all that God has for us, or, we can choose faith and walk out His calling and into His promises.
Remember, God’s intention is not to bring you and I out of Egypt, up the mountain, or into the promised Land to harm us. His intention is for us to know Him, worship Him and to make Him known in the earth.
This article originally appeared on CBN Israel, June 5, 2018, and reposted with permission.