Exodus 34:30 NKJV So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone,
and they were afraid to come near him.
Moses just came down off Mt. Sinai after spending 40 days and nights in the presence of God getting the Ten Commandments the second time (see Exodus 31). As he entered the camp, I’m sure quite a commotion began to stir because Moses’ face was shining. It had such a glow to it probably emitting the very glory of God that Moses had been enveloped in while on the mountain in His presence. When they saw this, the
people were afraid to come near.
I suppose there is something to be said for being cautious regarding the unknown. But Moses was not unknown. God’s goodness and power should not have been unknown to them either. They have been following a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and saw all the signs and wonders He had performed while bringing about their deliverance from their bondage in Egypt. God has done nothing but bless, protect and deliver them, yet they feared the radiance of His Glory shining on the face of Moses.
God doesn’t want us to fear anything. Especially not Him. He has not put fear in us.
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
We are not to fear what is Holy. Still, I watch Bible believing Christians, who confess His Word and call God good, get nervous in services when the presence of God begins to fill the place in a tangible way. The same people that quote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear; for You are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)” are now nervous in His presence.
Before the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, our relationship with God was solely external. Now, through faith in Christ, by His Holy Spirit, He lives in us. God the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in our hearts and co-mingled with our spirits promising never to leave us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing His presence, fearing the move of His Spirit, is like fearing yourself. God is with you always. He lives in you and has given you access to throw open the doors to His throne room, run across the floor hollering at the top of your lungs whatsoever you desire and
express your deepest concerns (Hebrews 4:16). He has made us a Holy people (1 Peter 2:9, 1 Corinthians 6:9), and sanctified, us setting us apart making us Holy.
Just as you don’t fear yourself, don’t fear His Holy presence or the effects of His presence. Get happy instead, in His presence is fullness of Joy (Psalm 16:11). You are in His presence and you are Holy, so FEAR NOT!
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
1Peter 2:9 NKJV But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people,
that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Psalm 16:11 NKJV You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.