Today’s Reading: Exodus 34:1-35:9 (additional reading Psalm 33:12-22 and Psalm 33:12-22
Key Verse: “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” Exodus 34:29
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you don’t quite know how to behave? Maybe while visiting a different church you’ve been confused by when to sit down and when to stand up. Whether to drink the wine when given or to wait for everyone else. Alternately, maybe you’ve been invited to an expensive restaurant and panicked when you notice the array of knives and forks surrounding your plate. There is a story of an overnight visitor who visited the White House during the Coolidge administration. Seated at breakfast with the President, the visitor determined to attempt to be as “invisible” as possible by imitating everything the President did and thus avoiding any possible digressions of etiquette. All went well, until Coolidge began to catch on. Reaching for his coffee, the President poured some of it into his saucer… the visitor followed suit. Then Coolidge reached for the cream and poured a generous amount into the saucer… the visitor did the same. Then Coolidge bent down and placed the saucer on the floor for his cat. The visitor got caught out.
There is a difference between those who merely get by – who copy, imitate, and fake it – and those who are “real” or authentic about what they believe and do. Moses is an example of someone who “got real”, and the result we read in Exodus 34:29 ‘his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD.’ We can look convincing but it is only when we get real with God that He shines through us.
2 Corinthian 3:12-18 tells us: “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Notice in verse 18 that we’re told that we as Christians can reflect God’s glory as Moses did. Ever-increasing glory. These words remind us, this change in our lives takes place bit by bit, little by little, step by step. We don’t usually change overnight. But instead, it’s a gradual change that takes place as we continue to walk close to God.
- Have you been trying to fake it in regards to your relationship with God?
- How does God shine through your life?
- How can you become more transparent?
Father, Thank You for the promise that You are changing us with ever-increasing glory. Thank You that you shine through us as Your people. Help us to be that city on a hill so that those around us living in the darkness will see You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.