Radiating God’s Glory (Exodus 34-35)

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. (Exodus 34:29)

There’s something about being in God’s presence that makes a difference.  After Moses spent time in God’s presence, his face radiated with God’s glory.  It wasn’t Moses’ glory – it was God’s.

A direct relationship exists between the time we spend with God and our ability to radiate His glory.  If we don’t spend time with Him, then we don’t radiate very much.  In contrast, when we spend a great deal of time with Him, we radiate it more and more.

Spending time with God results in two things:

First, it endows us with humility.  We begin to recognize that our own glory is not worth touting because His glory is so much greater.  A small candle placed next to a raging bonfire loses its significance.

Secondly, the more we spend time with God the more we become like God.  Don’t misunderstand me – we’ll never actually become God.  But the more we realize the purity of Him and His actions the more we desire to be like Him.

When we become more like God, we reflect Him to others – thus radiating His glory.

The real question to ask yourself is how much you’re radiating God’s glory.  If you’re not spending much time with Him, then you’re probably also not radiating much of His glory.  If people around you don’t think you’re very Godly, then you’re likely not spending enough time in His presence.  The more time you spend, the more you will radiate.

Lord, help me to value being in Your presence more than I value anything else.  I want to become more and more like You, and I want to radiate Your glory as Moses did – pointing people to the joy of being close to You.  You are the greatest being to ever exist, and I want to be more like You.  Mold me and shape me so that my life may glorify You more and more every day.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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