They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
We turn to God in times of trouble, believing – often half-heartedly – that He will help us. But even as we seek His help, we don’t always seek His face. Our desire for help is desperate, more of an escape than a sincere desire for His continual presence. Too often, we barely even glance at God as we go about our everyday lives, and then when things get tough we turn to Him with reluctance and a little shame. Why would we feel guilty? Because we have not sought Him always, have not really allowed Him to reign in our lives.
But when we seek Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, a transformation occurs. Then His glory shines upon us the same way it shone upon Moses. The patriarch’s face picked up a radiant glow from God’s glory that shone so brightly, he wore a veil to keep from scaring the Israelites. (Exodus 34:29-33) But why should a bright face scare them? They were afraid of the presence of the Lord their God, just as people have always been afraid of Him. It is good to fear the Lord, but the Israelites were also ashamed of their behavior, guilt-ridden over their doubts and rebellion. The presence of God’s glory was too great a contrast with their wickedness.
I am always humbled by God’s power and majesty, and I know you are, too. We should be in awe of God’s glory, and we should respect His sovereignty. But at the same time, we should seek His face always. And we should do so knowing that He desires us to come near to Him, knowing that the invitation comes from His Son that we should join Him in His glory.
22 “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
23 “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
Receiving the glory which Christ offers us should not make us feel ashamed but thankful. We should seek His face and reflect His radiant glory through the perfected love He brings to us, a love that is manifested through us by the Holy Spirit. He has made us “a little lower than the angels” and crowned us “with glory and honor.” (Psalms 8:5) Why has He done this? Not because of our righteousness or anything we have done, but because of His love for us.
So let us seek Christ’s face today, and look upon His glory. Let us stand strong in that searching light, knowing that His love is so great that He was willing to pay the price for our iniquities. And do not be ashamed of who or what you are but look upon Him with love, allowing His perfect love to cast out your fears. (1 John 4:17-18) Standing so, basking in the light of His presence, accept His sacrifice, declare His sovereignty, and become the child of God you were meant to be.
Heavenly Father, I am humbled by Your mercy, Your majesty and Your love. Enter into my life always, dear Lord, and overwhelm my fears with Your glory. May my life always reflect Your love and grace. Amen.