Read Exodus 34:29-35 (cf 2 Corinthians 3:12-18)
Going back to school in the midst a pandemic is tough. I have been volunteering and subbing in a school since my retirement 8 years ago so I know many of the students who attend there. We have talked, laughed, hugged and learned together throughout the years. However, when I was required to wear a mask, my greetings were met with lots of quizzical looks as they searched their memories to recognize using only my eyes for clues. We could talk thorough the masks, but it wasn’t until I slipped the mask down and said, “It’s me!” that the lights of recognition and smiles returned to their faces.
For so many years Moses had talked to God. He had seen his miraculous power. He had followed God’s direction and God had heard his pleas. But it was when God removed the mask and revealed his full glory that Moses was so filled with his glory that his face actually glowed! It glowed so much that the other people were afraid. Moses put a veil over his face until he was once again in the presence of God in the tabernacle.
Being in the presence of God was deemed to be way too much for any normal person and even the priests needed to stay behind a veil that separated the holy of holies within the tabernacle.
But that veil that separated the normal people from God was torn in two when Jesus died on the cross giving you and me full access to God himself. We are God’s children and as such we can boldly approach Him with our prayers, requests and thanksgiving. He is never too busy to chat with us. Being able to talk directly to God gives us comfort and strength. Through His guidance anything is possible.
Our great nation was formed through His guidance. The Pilgrims left the comfort of their homeland to sail across the ocean to an unknown land for the right to worship Him.
Through His guidance a small fledgling group of states dared to challenge the powerful English military to build a country whose motto is “In God We Trust.” Through His guidance that same country has been the beacon of life and liberty to the rest of the world!
When God reveals Himself, He can empower the meek. He can bring hope to the injured. He can comfort the lonely and frightened. He can bring healing to the sick. We just need to be bold enough to ask.
Do you recognize God when He speaks to you? Or are you still seeing Him through a mask of doubt? Maybe you need to pull down your mask and say,” Hey, God! It’s me! Can we talk?”
Trust me you will never be the same!