You know when you leave a matinee movie and take those first few steps out of the dark theatre into the bright sunlight, and this brilliant glare blinds you for a moment, as if the sun somehow became ten times more intense during your escape from reality. You raise your hand, as a visor to shield your eyes, while every shiny object catches the glinting reflection, causing you to squint and sometimes sneeze. Until finally, you get near your car and the brightness seems to have dimmed because your eyes have adjusted, and you can resume existence under the blazing sun.
But can you imagine if, like Moses, the radiance didn't fade?
Here he has been in the presence of God, high on His holy mountain for forty days. And when he comes down there is something different about him. His face is radiant. So much so, that when the people noticed how hit shone, they were afraid. So he needed to place a veil over his face.
And the only times he removed it, were when he was with God, or when he was delivering word from God to the people. Any other interaction, or part of daily life for him, required that he live life with a veil over his face.
But it causes me to wonder... why wouldn't any of the people desire this sort of radiance? Why would it only cause fear and not desire for the same?
This man, Moses had been in the very presence of God. He was clearly changed by it. Not just emotionally and spiritually, but physically. But no one else seemed to want what he had. And I simply wonder, why?
Could it be that blinding first adjustment to the light is too much? That initial shock of going from darkness to light? Are we so unwilling to change that we won't walk forward in the uncomfortable period squinting and awkwardness until we adjust to His brilliance in our life?
Yes, it means we will see all our flaws... but not all at once. He's much too kind a God to reveal that. Yes, it means that there will be some messes to clean, but the radiant beauty of what will grow in the light is so much better.
The places we can go, the beauty we can see, the strength we can gain, all while walking in His brilliant and radiant light. For it leads us out of fear and into new life.
Look what David, the psalmist wrote...
I sought the Lord, and He answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant with joy;
their faces will never be ashamed.
Psalm 34:4-5 HCSB
I am grateful that our God is brilliant, bright and radiant, revealing His goodness, delivering us from darkness and fear.
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