“The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.”
Growing up most of us were trained to be afraid of the dark. Our parents would often light up the pathway to the restroom to keep us from unseen monsters, scurrying and slithering, creepy unseen things. However I believe this fear of the dark begins in childhood as a fear of the unexpected…..to fear the unknown and what we can’t see and understand .
Today when you start listening to how people use the words dark or darkness, it doesn’t take long to realize that the same opinion echoes and the references are 99% negative. So it only confirms the fact that darkness is commonly associated with danger ,fear and trouble .But do we need to be afraid of the dark ?the unknown ?
In Exodus, God promises to visit Moses on Mount Sinai in a thick or dark cloud. Here, darkness is a divine place where Yahweh chooses to reveal Himself . The father of our faith – Abraham meets God in the darkness, Jacob wrestles an angel in the middle of the night, and we see angels announce the Messiah’s birth to the shepherds at night. There’s so much that happens in the dark that is essential to our walk with God.
Darkness is everything we do not know, cannot control, and so are often afraid of.
Moses heard Gods invitation and responded in moving towards the thick darkness while the others responded in fear .He was willing to take the risk of faith. He was looking to meet with The Lord and took The Lord on His word . To trust God is to trust His character.
To trust The Lord to meet with us even in the darkness needs us to apply our faith .
If you are not willing to take the risk, and believe God to be there in the unknown ,you will have to settle for the ordinary.
On the other hand, if you are able to trust God all the way into the dark, you may be surprised at what lies in the midst of it. Moses experienced divine light that unmasked Himself in the midst of deep darkness. The invitation is for everyone. It is time, to take a cue from the life of Moses and take the risk to run towards the thick cloud because nothing can substitute an experience. Are you willing to arise and take the risk ?