Read: Exodus 33:7-34:11; 34:27-35

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

 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.  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, 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

My brother is a mechanic. That might seem like an odd, irrelevant statement but it makes sense eventually…trust me. So my brother does a great job on cars. He works all the time and almost every time I see him he’s usually coming back from work. I can tell, not because of his clothes (since he pretty much wears the same type of clothing all the time), but because of his face. His face, after he’s spent 8-10 hours in the shop, is SO DIRTY it looks like he actually has hair. But he doesn’t. That’s a small point of contention between us. Anyway. It’s obvious when my brother has been working on cars. He doesn’t have to tell me. It’s plain as day. It’s also obvious when he hasn’t been working on cars. Although his hands stay pretty much that “I’ve done 20 oil changes today” color, his face is much cleaner.

The same goes for us as believers. Just as Moses’ face shone after being on the mountain with God, it is obvious when we are spending time with God. Our faces might not glow physically (maybe they will…put that on Instagram if it happens), but it will be obvious to all who we encounter that there’s something different. They might not be able to identify what it is, and it might even scare them like it did the Israelites (vs. 30). Either way, it will eventually lead to us being more influential with those we are witnessing to and will point to the glory of God. Without that significant time with God, we regress and become stagnant. So spend time with God today. Quality time. The people you interact with will see it and benefit from it.

Lord let my time with You be frequent and rich with Your presence. Help me to desire You more that I would benefit from Your presence and guidance as well as those around me. In Jesus name. Amen.

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