Moshe cried out to God and said "what shall I do with this nation for in a short moment they will stone me. God said to Moses "stand in front of these people…" Moshe feared the people, so why does God tell him to face them? God wanted him to see how he had exaggerated the situation, explains Rashi. Moshe would stand in front of the people and nothing of the sort would happen. We are all susceptible forming false impressions and it is with God's guidance that we are able to see things correctly.