Taking our stand at the foot of the mountain
As you stand at the foot of the mountain, you crane your neck upward to try and take in the height and massiveness of it. There is a thick gray cloud surrounding the mountain in a thick embrace. Thunder booms. Lightning crashes all around you. Your hair would stand on end from the electrical current, but it is matted to your head from the rain. Then you hear a trumpet blast - the loudest eardrum assaulting trumpet you have ever heard.
The mountain is trembling, and so are you.
This is a preview of a small hint as to the terror and grandeur of standing before God. I didn't make this stuff up; it happened in Exodus 19 to the Israelites. This is history, not metaphor.
I think too often we treat God casually, like an imaginary friend. I know I do. We forget that God made all of this and He sustains it all (Col. 1:17) and that while His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matt. 11:30) it is terrifying to stand before God.
Thankfully, we have a mediator.
I get the feeling that for most people, Jesus was quite easy to be around (for money changers and evil people/spirits, not so much). He hung out with people without a selfish agenda and sometimes with apparently no agenda at all but to "recline at table" (having dinner and relaxing). Though fully God, He was also fully man and He came to be with us as our Savior and mediator.
Because of Jesus, we can now stand with God and not just before Him.
That same God, the majestic terror, came to be with us. His power never diminished, but in Christ His humility was showcased and His love was manifest. The God that can swipe away the mountains that He made like my daughter wipes away food from her high chair has extended His hand to us.
What does Jesus' humble and powerful love mean for you today?