Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Reflect His Glory

In my reading through the Bible, I'm up to the section in Exodus where Moses asks God to show him His glory. I have always loved and been fascinated by this portion of scripture.

God does reveal His glory by placing Moses in the cleft of a rock, shielding him with His hand, and then allowing Moses to see His back. When Moses came down from the mountain, the Bible says his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. Scripture also says that after that whenever Moses would enter into the Lord's presence, the people noticed that his face was radiant.

There was a visible indication that Moses had been with God. His face shone with radiance. At first the people were afraid and Moses had to call to them so they would realize who he was. Moses' very countenance was different after being with God.

Does that fascinate anyone else? In other parts of scripture it is said that Moses spoke with God face to face as a friend to a friend and yet this was no ordinary friend. When in this Friend's company, Moses left with God's glory reflected off his face.

Okay, stop right there. We as Christians are to reflect God's glory. Contemplating Moses' example, how can we do this? We must be in His presence. In communion with God. We must be in relationship with Him.

If we do radiate with God's glory, will people cower? I'm afraid that people today will cower in a different sense. Unbelievers might see God's glory in you and be repelled. Light and radiance illuminates the dark. The dark and the light can't exist together. So, don't expect those who aren't Christians to like this radiance.

Don't always expect those fellow Christians to like this radiance either. This reflection can show a lacking in pursuing the presence and relationship of God. Some are just too busy or afraid what they might be asked to do or give up in order to experience this radiance.

Let's strive for that relationship Moses had with God, not going for the sake of gaining the radiance on our faces. But, asking to see His glory to experience a deeper and deeper intimacy with the Ultimate Friend.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good post, Paula! and so true about the radiance of God upon us bothering others. Reminds me of picking up a rock and watching all the creepy crawlies scurry for a dark hole. Yet we are called to be holy and "all who desire to live godly in Christ will be persecuted."
J.A. Marx

P.S. Moses is one of my favorite "characters" to study as well.