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Your Face Can Shine

I know the “burning” question on your mind right now: “Why did Moses face shine when he came down from the mountain?”

Seriously, I’ve wondered about that. I am a fan of sunrises and every once in a while I will take a self-photo like the one below as I’m looking toward the sunrise. My face literally glows.

Getting back to Moses, the reason he shone was because of who God is, not some vague sense that He had a brush with The Almighty. This is what is recorded as God passed in front of Moses:
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate(A) and gracious God, slow to anger,(B) abounding in love(C) and faithfulness,(D) maintaining love to thousands,(E) and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.(F) Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished;(G) he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6,7

That is why Moses glowed. The qualities of God are radiant. We don’t fully appreciate this because we don’t know these qualities 24/7, ad infinitum. Who do you know like that? Most of us would say our mother or some grandparent or some amazing, godly person. But to never, ever, ever skip a beat? No, I don’t know anyone like this.

In Revelation 21 and 22, we read:

  1. The city does noneed the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
  2. Revelation 22:5
    There will be no more night. They will noneed the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

Wonder why Jesus is called “The Light of the World” and why we get goosebumps when we light candles during “Silent Night?” It’s because when light shines on us, we truly feel its radiance, even if we squint a bit because we know we aren’t there quite yet. But there is hope from my favorite scripture in the bible: “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

And how about this from Proverbs 4:18? “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

You might think such light is reserved for history’s elite. But don’t distance yourself from the brilliance of God just because you’re not Moses. Standing in the glow next to Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration were a few fishermen.

 

BELOW: I’M RED-FACED FROM THE SUNRISE. NEXT PHOTO: YOU’LL NOTICE TWO EMPTY CHAIRS. ONE IS FOR YOU, ONE IS FOR JESUS, JUST WAITING FOR YOU TO SIT NEXT TO HIM EVERY MORNING AND BASK IN THE GLOW.

WHY BOTHER WITH TANNING BOOTHS? 

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