Radiance of God’s Glory

29 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. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.

33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 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, 35 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. Exodus 34:29-35

The other times Moses went up on Mt. Sinai and returned, his face was not radiant. This time it was. What changed? The fact that Moses didn’t realize his face was radiant is also significant because He had met with God.

We see something similar in people every now and then. There’s a glow or aura around that person that’s hard to explain. They don’t recognize it but we do. They can’t explain it and neither can we. Often, it’s because they’ve met with God in a significant way.

Should we be reflecting the glory of our Lord regularly? Yes, but not necessarily with an outward glow or even that glow’s that’s hard to explain.

No, reflecting the glory of the Lord is simply obeying His commands and reflecting His character: faithfulness, gentleness, kindness, integrity, self-control, peace, patience.

We shouldn’t be looking for those glowing experiences; we should be experiencing God and letting His character flow through us.

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