First, I wanted to point out that God is literally with us. He is in our hearts. He is with us wherever we go. He walks with us. He speaks to us. He guards us. He dwells in us.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 NASB
The second thing that I wanted to point out is that the unchanging, eternal, perfect truth that is the Word of God is free for my grasp. I can hold the Word of God in my hands. The same word that formed the universe, the sky, the heavens, the mountains, the grass, the birds, the animals, and even me! That very Word is free for me to embrace and free for me to absorb as deeply as possible. God has given it to me as a precious gift, an everlasting love letter, that can give me an eternal glimpse of His great wisdom and love.
Now that I have pointed out these two magnificent truths that exist in any believer’s life, truths which are only a short leap away for those who wouldn’t call themselves by that name, let’s take a quick look at a short passage from the Old Testament.
27 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. 29 It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 Then Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers in the congregation returned to him; and Moses spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the sons of Israel came near, and he commanded them to do everything that the Lord had spoken to him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, 35 the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went in to speak with Him. Exodus 34: 29-35 NASB
- He was in the presence of God.
- He held in his hands the written Word of God.
Now wait a minute…what were those two things that I pointed out earlier???
I am in the presence of God. I hold his Word in my hands.
Does my face shine before all men? Do I reflect His glory so brightly? Moses’ face shined so fiercely that it had to be veiled from the sons of Israel. God’s glory reflected off of him, but it struck fear in the hearts of those that saw. The sons of Israel saw only the reflection of God’s glory, and they could not bear it.
Christ has torn the veil for all who would choose to believe. We have experienced the presence of God, and we have come face to face with his glory! Does that glory reflect off of us? Is it so fierce that it causes others to wonder; to fear? We have the opportunity to walk on this earth with unveiled faces. It gives us the chance for all to see the bright and burning truth that lives inside us. I want to seize that opportunity, and I want my face to shine for Christ!
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NASB