God can be terrifying. When Moses and Israel were at Mount Horeb, the mountain was on fire. The atmosphere was dark, gloomy and stormy. Trumpet blasts were heard heralding the voice of God speaking so powerfully that the people begged Moses to intervene so that God would not frighten them with his words. “The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, ‘I am trembling with fear’” (Hebrews 12:21).
On the other hand, God can be so comforting. “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (Hebrews 12:22-24).
God is the creating and controlling force of this world. He has the power to destroy and the power to preserve. He will be acknowledged by every person on earth one way or another, sooner or later. All men should seek God, give great thought to God’s power and his words and respond to his love. As the word says, “See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks” (Hebrews 12:25). Jesus is “him who speaks”. His words take the terror out of hearing God speak. Jesus’ words comfort us as we approach God in all his magnificence. Jesus’ message is that God loves us. Our responsibility is to listen and learn.