Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’

Bathed in God’s Glory

May 18, 2014

God In His Temple


Exodus 40:38: The cloud of the LORD rested on the Tabernacle during the day, and at night there was fire in the cloud so all the people of Israel could see it.


Moses often talked with God in the tent of meeting. He spoke face to face with God, the Bible says, though he did not see the physical face of God(he couldn’t). The Bible means they spoke directly, straightforwardly, without deception.


When Moses came out of a session talking to God, his face glowed. Why did that happen? Because it was like what happens to us when we are close to a fire. Our face and body get warm. In the firelight, our faces might appear to glow.


The glow Moses had stuck with him, though. So when he came out of the temple, everyone looked away from his face. It was bright, like the sun.


Why did this happen? Because spending time in the presence of God is like sitting by a hot fire. You come away joyful, filled with the Spirit. In some ways, you might even glow. God’s presence like that does many things. It warms us, making us feel secure and protected. It cleanses us, so that we become clean in his eyes. It comforts us in the coldness of the night, so that we know we’re not alone.


Those were all reasons that Moses became such a powerful leader of Israel. The presence and nearness of God made him feel strong and never alone. One day we will all bask in the presence of God, seeing him face to face. His love, comfort and care will keep us warm and happy through all eternity.


Prayer: Lord, let me draw near to you to live in your presence and warmth. Amen.


April 20, 2014

What We Do When We Have Faith


Genesis 12:1: Then the Lord told Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land I will show you.”


Imagine this. One day God says to you, “Go up to your class in school. Stand on your desk and tell the kids the gospel. Don’t be afraid. I will be with you.”

Wouldn’t that be incredible? “Well,” you say, “I’d probably be scared out of my wits. And everyone would think I’m totally weird.”


But what if God himself told you to do this?


It has happened before in history. One of the first great examples comes from Abraham. One day God told him to leave his country and go to a land God promised to show him. The Bible shows us that Abraham obeyed, and he became the father of the Jews.


There will always be times in our lives when God asks us to do things that make us fearful. “I want you to be a missionary.” Or, “Go to the school bully and tell him about me.” Or, “Invite your weird neighbor over for lunch.”


It could happen to you today. Be listening. God is there, and he wants to use you to change his world.


Prayer: Jesus, help me to listen for your voice. I want to follow you. Amen.