Presence of the King
Read Exodus 19:1 through 21:36
When the king entered the throne room, the crowd became silent and they all fell to their knees and bowed toward him. They realized they were in the presence of the man who controlled all the power in their country. His authority was unquestioned, and the people respected and honored their ruler and always humbled themselves before him. The grandeur of his palace and his crown and royal robe were constant reminders that he was far above anyone else in the land. His presence alone could create awe or fear in his subjects.
God’s presence is more awe-inspiring than any human’s.
When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear (Exodus 20:18).
As the Israelites stood near Mount Sinai, God manifested His presence. The sights and sounds reminded them that He was the powerful and undeniable God who was daily guiding and caring for them.
God still rules with majesty and authority. But He is loving and compassionate and safely leads His people through life until they stand before Him in heaven.
Thought for Today: God is all-powerful, yet He cares about even our smallest pain and heartache.
Quicklook: Exodus 20:18–21