The Radiant Face of Moses
29 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.30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the communitycame back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 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, 35 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.
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Every four years, or every two if you are a really good caring citizen, we make a big deal about getting out and voting. One of the best reasons for doing so is you get this iconic little sticker that lets everyone know that you voted.
This morning during prayer this image was brought to mind.
Wearing that "I Voted" sticker is a badge of honor. Heck, you can even get free coffee and doughnuts at a lot of places just for wearing it!
Sometimes, especially during our 21 days of prayer and fasting, getting up praying or telling someone that I can't go out to eat with them because I am fasting can feel a little like this I Voted sticker.
It becomes this badge of honor, something letting others know that I am a "good Christian."
Then I thought of Moses.
Moses didn't need a sticker.
Moses went up on the Mountain and met with God. He came back down different. The text says that his face was shining and that the people all noticed, and yet Moses was unaware.
I think I try to make my face shine.
Because its still about that sticker.
But what if prayer became about meeting with Jesus; about coming into the presence of Glory.
Paul seems to think that this is what we are called to; meeting with Jesus, being changed from glory to glory, and becoming more like Him. I want to pray like this. And, I hope that our prayer times now, during this 21 days, and for years to come could be less about checking a box, just to say, "Check. Did that." But that these prayer times would be about meeting with the Savior and evermore allowing Him to let his glory invade us; that we might become beacons of hope, witnesses of the resurrection, reflecting the Glory of Jesus even as we draw near to him and rest in his presence.