“Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai… that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.” ~ Exodus 34:29-30 NKJV
There’s something about being in the presence of God. It changes us inside, and out. When Moses went to Mt. Sinai, he did so with the expectancy of being in the Lord’s presence. Moses knew that being in God’s presence would change him. After all, he was the only one allowed to be in God’s presence. But Moses didn’t fully know how being in God’s presence would affect him. Not until he came down from the mountain. Those who saw him became afraid because when he went up Mt. Sinai, he didn’t look like the same Moses that returned from Mt. Sinai. His presence reflected God’s presence. The people didn’t understand the transformation, thus they became afraid.
When we spend time in the presence of God, we need to expect Him to change us, change our hearts. If we aren’t changed by His presence, we are not spending time “in His presence.” Spending time in the presence of a person or a group of people changes us. We can’t help but being changed because, as humans, we naturally reflect the who and what we surround ourselves with.
When talking with human resource representatives, a favorite question often used in interviews is “describe your best friend.” In fact, in my early years, my parents used to say, “if you want to know the true character of an individual, look at their friends.” 1 Corinthians 33:22 states, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” As humans, we can easily put on a front to give people a false perception of who we are but our heart is constantly being molded by those we spend time with. When we spend time with people, those things that are covered up will ultimately be revealed and what is often revealed is that our heart has been influenced by those we surround ourselves with. We recognize the true character and heart of an individual as we spend time with them. That holds true for God. The difference is that God reveals His full heart for His children and the only thing He hides, for our protection, is His full glory (Exodus 33:22). Only God can help reveal to us the true nature of our heart. By spending time in His presence, we begin to open ourselves up and, in turn, Jesus influences and changes our heart to become more like Him. (Romans 12:2)
There’s a direct correlation between the quality of time spent with Jesus each day and our ability to have a daily Christ-like reflection. Just like there’s a direct correlation in who your friends are and the time you spend with each one. So if you want to be like Moses whose face glowed with the glory of God, remember, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)