When they ask me to cover my face

Have you ever been out and about, when someone asks you to cover your face because you are so full of the radiance of God??

Me either.

I’m a bit sad about this to be honest.  I have some envy over Moses:

The Radiant Face of Moses
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 Israelite’s 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 Israelite’s 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 Israelite’s 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)

Could you imagine having spent so much time speaking directly with the Lord that you are too radiant for others to look at?  If you know the story, this radiant face just didn’t happen upon Moses.  He kind of bugged God until he got a little glimpse.  “Now show me your glory.”  Moses asked in a very bold way…show me your glory.  The Lord complied by hiding Moses in a rock, shielding him with His hand and allowing Moses a glimpse at His BACK!

BOOM!  Radiant!

Just a little glimpse at the back of God and Moses is radiant.  He comes down from Mt. Sinai, after spending time with God, and the people are fearful of being in his presence.  His radiance was that intense.

I don’t know if anyone will ever ask me to cover my face after seeking the Lord.  I don’t know if God will ever answer my bold request to “Show me your Glory!” but I do know that I desire both!

Lord, let it be known that I would give anything to see just a glimpse of the back of you.  I am weak at the thought that your presence in my life might make some ask me to cover my face because you radiate so strongly from me!  Let me be yours Lord, send your presence to light up my face.  All to your Glory Lord!  SHOW ME YOUR GLORY!

 

Stealing from God

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” Matthew 6:34

Worry.

“The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day” Isaiah 2:11

Pride

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not comit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” Matther 5:27, 28

Lust

“But seek Ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things(food, shelter and clothing) shall be added unto you.” 

Self

“Be Ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath; Neither give place to the devil.”  Ephesians 4:26, 27

Hatred and bitterness

 

IDOLS OF THE HEART.  They are what we love, trust, serve, depend on, delight in or fear more than God.  Even good desires can be come idols when they take precedence over God in our heart. These idols can be the foundation of our worth, identity and even our “righteousness”.  They steal from Jesus our worth, Jesus our identity and Jesus our only righteousness.

The Bible teaches us that our thoughts motives, attitudes, words, and actions flow from the sinful selfishness of our hearts.  The heart is the source of our actions, reactions and approaches to life.  When we allow our sinful heart to spill over into our words, thoughts and actions, we are no longer submitted to the authority of scripture and the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Instead we are stealing from God and taking things into our own hands, which always results in certain death.  Death to the life we are told we can live.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full”. John 10:10

WORRY is the idol of my heart that I wrestle with.  The bible tells me to not worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself.  And sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Worry is a concern over the future, concern about something we can do nothing about because it has not yet arrived.

Whenever I try to take hold of tomorrow with worry, I steal what belongs to God.

“It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.”  Deuteronomy 31:8

Idols of our heart steal the place that rightly belongs to God in our heart, minds and spirit.  The only way to reconcile this is to practice repentance,(turning from the idol) and replacing it with God’s truth.  Taking down idols is not a small task.  It usually does not happen overnight.  Or even over a week.  Sometimes not even over the year.  It is a process that when one presses into the lord and the word of God, the Holy Spirit is welcomed to do the work on our hearts that we so desperately need for freedom.  We must remain dedicated and diligent to the process.  Trusting that God will complete the good work he began in us.

I’m giving back what I have stolen, are you?