“A servant of God must stand so much alone that he never knows he is alone. We must build our faith not on the fading light, but on the light that never fails.
Allow nothing to keep you from looking God sternly in the face about yourself and about your doctrine, and every time you preach see that you look God in the face about things first, then the glory will remain all through. A Christian worker is one who perpetually looks in the face of God and then goes forth to talk to people. “Moses was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” Exodus 34:29
We are never called on to parade our doubts or to express the hidden ecstasies of our life with God. The secret of the worker’s life is that he keeps in tune with God all the time.” Oswald Chambers
There is a light that fails us, and a Light that never fails. How amazing to be so focused on the true “Light” first and foremost that we, like Moses, carry His radiance with us naturally and somewhat ‘unaware’.
God first, people after. When we come face to face with His Light, we cannot help but carry it with us. What we see in others is but a reflection of the real thing. Moses eventually had to veil his face because the people couldn’t handle it. He kept it on so the people could not see the glory fading away (2 Corinthians 3:13).
Thankfully, because of Jesus, the veil for us was torn and tossed away. We are made and called to reflect His glory with unveiled faces, every day. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Trying to draw this radiant light from those around us is good, but the very best any of us can do is reflect. Go to the source, stay face to face all the time, abiding in Him. “We are never called to parade our doubts or to express the hidden ecstasies of our life with God…” Share…. yes! Encourage… yes! Parade….no.
We don’t have to climb Mt Sinai to meet our God. We get to sit at the feet of Jesus. Moses couldn’t help but radiate after being in God’s presence and we should be no different. Thankfully, our radiance can be natural and effective, never showy or terror-inducing like that of poor Moses. The lights of the world fail and fade. Like batteries, they have a shelf life. May we never strive to be like all the other lights around us, but focus on the Source of them all, the One who never fades.