…for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.
I’ve been thinking a lot about worthiness and purity lately. The Lord knows we will not achieve perfection in this life. In fact, the very idea of “achieving” perfection is false. We will never achieve it. We will be perfected (a gift that will be given to us) through the power of Christ’s Atonement. It will be something the Savior does to us to change our very nature.
But in the meantime, we do have to strive for worthiness and purity. That is always within our power.
This verse contains words of the Lord to Moses about the children of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness. Here’s the significance to me.
The Lord wanted to go in their midst. But their own lack of worthiness and purity precluded that possibility—not because He was trying to punish them, but because in their current state they couldn’t abide His glory.
He did it to protect them.
We also must be pure and worthy to stand in the presence of God. That goes for here and now as well as in the eternities. He is anxious to be near us. He invites us all the time. But we decide, by our thoughts and actions (and repentance), if we can stand (tolerate) being near Him.
Today is a perfect day to work on our purity and worthiness. I love the Sabbath.