This morning at breakfast (Chick-fil-a), Parker and I were reading from Exodus when I was reminded of a great story from the life of Moses. After spending 40 days and nights with God rewriting the new covenant on Mount Sinai, something was different about Moses appearance. The scripture says-
29 When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord. 30 So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him. (Exodus 34 – NLT)
This verse made me wonder if other people can tell whether or not I’ve been spending time with God? Can they see it on my face? Can they tell by the way I treat others? By the way I speak to those around me – my wife, kids, co-workers, the guy working the counter at Chick-fil-a? Is there a visible and physical difference reflected in my life directly related to the amount of time I’ve spent in prayer, Bible study and other spiritual disciplines?
I also love that the scripture says that Moses didn’t notice the change that took place. Could it be possible that spending time with God is not for our own personal benefit but for others?