Shine

There is an interesting story that takes place in the book of Exodus. The Jews were wandering through the desert after having escaped Egypt, and things were not going well. They had set up camp at the base of Mt. Sinai, and Moses, their leader, had gone up on the mountain to be with God. This was when God gave his people the Ten Commandments, which were written on two stone tablets.


While their leader was away, the Israelites began to worship a golden calf. Once Moses came down from the mountain, he saw this, got angry, and threw down the tablets that the Ten Commandments are written on and broke them. Obviously, Moses was livid. He went back up the mountain to chat with God about everything that had happened.
When he came back down, something spectacular happened- Moses’ face was shining. In fact, he had to cover his face with a veil anytime that the Jews looked at him because he was shining so brightly. Exodus 34: 33-35 reads:

When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.


What was it that made Moses radiant? Being in the presence of God.


I fully believe that this applies to us today too. If we want to shine so brightly that the world can’t help but take notice of us, we need to be spending time in God’s presence. There are seemingly unlimited ways in which we can do that: prayer, reading scripture, music, podcasts, listening to sermons, being in silence, spending time in nature, being in community with other believers, reading a Christian book (I can suggest one in particular that comes out in a couple months), etc. Wherever it is that you most find God, spend an inordinate amount of time there.


I also want to make mention that it was one of the hardest moments of Moses’ life that preceded his radiance. It is paramount that we spend time with God in the rough times. Life is hard and will get the best of us. Things happen, a lot of times out of our control, that will absolutely wreck us emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. Those are the times that it is most important that we escape this world and be with the one who created it. It is only God who can calm those storms when they rage inside of us. He is the only one who sets our souls at ease and gives us peace.

I often hear people say that the world is becoming a darker place. I don’t know if that is true or not. What I do know is that lights shine the brightest in the dark. So, if we want to truly affect this world and make it a brighter place, we need to spend time with the one who is the Light of the World. If you do that, then you will be radiant and will shine for all to see.

Published by smith1626

I am the Director of Youth Ministries at St. John United Methodist Church in Scott Depot, WV. Mostly, I am a sinner saved by amazing grace.

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