an awesome day to be proud of the glow God gives you.
“…they saw that his face was radiant.” Exodus 34:35a NIV
The story of Moses teaches us that his meetings with God gave his face a radiant glow. This was an actual physical condition that Moses would cover with a veil in between his meetings with God. “Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went back in to speak with the Lord.” (Exodus 34:35b NIV).
While it is not perfectly clear why Moses covered his face, it is safe to assume that he did not cover it because he was ashamed.
As our relationship with God becomes deeper and more intimate, our understanding of just how special that relationship is will grow and our faces will reflect the happiness that comes out of that relationship. While we may never develop the same radiance of Moses, the glow will be real none the less.
As we proceed with our lives, those around us will become aware of that glow and invariably some will ask what it is that makes us so cheerful, so content, and so easy to get along with and willing to help others. The responses we get will vary when we tell them the source of our inner peace and happiness is our relationship with God. Some will undoubtedly want to know more. Others will look at us as if they regretted ever asking the question.
It is the negative responses to our joy in the Lord that makes some of us reluctant to speak out and proudly tell others that the source of our happiness is our relationship with God.
It is almost as if some of us are embarrassed or, worse, ashamed of our reliance upon God. That’s what a good relationship with God is all about, though, isn’t it? It’s a reliance upon Him for strength, courage, wisdom, peace, joy, love – all that is good, all that has purpose, and all that is just.
Perhaps people cringe or stay away because they feel they have opened the door to receive a lecture or sermon that they may not be ready for, and that is OK. But do not let the fear of a negative response keep you from letting someone know the truth should they ask. We should all be extremely proud when our love for God, and His for us, creates a noticeable “glow” in our physical presence.
You never know; being proud of the answer just may bring this response: “Oh? Tell me more.”
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson