March 9
Exodus 34:1, 29-35

Shining for the Lord

Moses went up the mountain again; this time to get another set of commandments. In anger, he had smashed the first set when he saw the Israelites worshiping the golden calf. Moses chiseled out two stone tablets, like the first ones, and took them up the mountain for God to write on.

When he got back, his face glowed brightly because he had been so close to the Lord. When the people saw his face, they were afraid to go near him. But Moses was not aware that his face was shining and he called them closer. First, Aaron and the leaders went to him, then the others gathered around, and Moses gave them the laws the Lord had given him on the mountain.

How can I shine for Jesus?

If you have a glow-in-the-dark sticker or a watch with glowing hands, you would probably have noticed that when you hold it right next to the light before you turn the light off, it shines a lot brighter. After a while, it loses its glow, and by morning it is rather dim.

Moses had been with God for such a long time that his face began to shine. Every time he met with God, his face shone so brightly that he had to cover it with a cloth.

We know that God is so pure and holy that we cannot look at Him and live (Exodus 33:20). So, whenever God would speak to someone, He would shield them so they would not see His face.

The more time we spend reading the Bible and praying, the more we allow God’s light to shine in our hearts (2 Corinthians 4:6). The more we are in God’s presence, the more brightly we will shine for Him—not like an ordinary light, but with the beauty and purity of God.

Verse for today

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16