Exodus 33:11 “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”
When Moses came down from the mount, his face “shone” with the glory of God.
Exodus 34:29 “And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.”
There is something that draws us to one who walks closely with God. It might be how they speak to us. We sense their kindness, love, and compassion. They are genuine, sincere, and personal. Some may even have a ‘glow’ about them.
The transformation that takes place in our lives when the Holy Spirit takes up residence is often unmistakable. He may not reveal himself as clearly or openly as we might suspect, or discern. Yet, how we speak, how we act, where we go, with whom we fellowship, begins to reveal we are not who we once were.
There are a few bible accounts that have truly made an impression on me. The life and testimony of Joshua are one of them. He is a faithful assistant to the man of God. He reveals his character in the text I read today. When Moses left the tabernacle, Joshua stayed.
It speaks of Joshua’s desire for Moses’ God to be personal to him as well. It was essential enough for him to remain and be alone with God. Joshua saw in Moses, something worth emulating, something worth infusing into his life.
Because of the closeness in their relationship, Joshua saw Moses in all his humanity. He heard the prayers and conversations he had with God. Joshua knew his flaws and failures. Yet, he was loyal, faithful, a follower, and a friend unto the end.
I take those character traits of an Abraham, a Moses, a Joshua, a Joseph, a David, and see how it can help me be a better son to my Father, a better servant to my Master, and a better Christian to my calling.
The world today needs more of God’s children to shine for Him. Often, there are those who believe that all they need do is shine in the presence of others to draw the lost to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They neglect a potent truth.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.“
Saving faith must be rooted and grounded in His Word. It is helpful that we, who are His children, reveal the fruit of our Father’s work in our lives. Our lives will shine amidst the ever-growing darkness around us. God’s Word will be that light that shines both on the near vicinity to reveal the stumbling blocks nearby, and on the path, giving direction to where we need to go.
Psalm 119:105 “NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Take heed that our lights burn brightly and point toward the Source. Our faces will shine because we spend time in His presence. Take the time… Linger… Long for the presence of God more than any other thing in our life. The result will be that others will see Christ in you and want what you have.
Shine on, child of God!