Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Do you know the story of Moses, who went up into Mount Sinai to meet with God? After spending forty days and forty nights in the presence of the Lord, he came down from the mountain and his face was "radiant because he had spoken with the Lord" (Exodus 34:29.)
The Bible says that his face was shining. His skin was literally glowing from being in God's presence. Can you imagine it? Apparently the sight of his face - all a glow with the glory of God - really freaked out the Israelites, so Moses put on a veil to cover his face. Over time, his radiance faded and his veil was taken away.
When Moses encountered God, he couldn't help but SHINE.
The story gets better ...
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
No veils needed to cover our faces, ladies! We too are meant to SHINE.
We come into God's presence when we read His Word. The Bible is like a mirror, both revealing us for who we really are as well as revealing the glory of the Lord. The more we gaze upon the truth of His Word, the more we are exposed to the glorious light of the Father.
By abiding with Jesus and breathing in the living Word of God, we become transformed into His likeness. We are changed from the inside out. Like mirrors, we become that which reflects His glory.
But unlike Moses, whose radiant glow faded in time, His splendor revealed in us grows in ever-increasing glory. From grace to grace, we grow with ever-increasing glory!
Yes, we are shiny, happy people indeed!
Today's challenge: When we fix our eyes upon the image of the ivisible God - the Word made flesh - we are changed completely. We will always reflect that which we gaze upon. So the question remains, what are you reflecting?