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??
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!
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!