Those who know Jesus as Lord can theologically appreciate the reality of our capacity to approach Him boldly whenever and wherever we want. However, it is also true that despite that awareness, very often we still may feel afar off and distant from God. We may glean from the Father’s dialogue with Moses that our proximity to Him does not have an effect upon His nearness to us. Too frequently we have this sense that our emotional condition regarding our spiritual position is somehow relevant to God; in other words, God will be aloof if He perceives in us an emotional distance. Nonsense. The good news is that God’s relationship with us is not based on our emotions–regardless of what we may or may not be feeling, God will be there. To believe otherwise is to give credibility to the lies of satan.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 14:14
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there…” (Exodus 24:12). At first when this passage is read it sounds as if God is being redundant—“Come…and be there, ” but there is significance in this verse with which almost certainly everyone can identify—being in His presence, but not being there. We might suppose that God is addressing the emotional detachment issue we just visited, but this is not the reason for God’s admonition. Here, God is attending to the other end of the emotional spectrum.
Moses is about to partake of God’s glory and the reminder is that he not be distracted by His magnificence, His splendor, or His grandeur, but to stay focused on Him—“Be there, Moses.” The application for us is found in our propensity to occasionally become caught–up in Christian peripherals; the structures, the worships, or the hyped emotions, and loose sight of Jesus Christ. We are reminded to not just come, but to be there, for He alone is worthy.
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Revelation 5:11-12