For something to be revealed, something has to first be unseen. It could be hidden, unnoticed, or camouflaged. When what was unseen is then revealed, we often react. Fear, awe, surprise, delight. Our emotions respond.
Open our eyes, Lord, and let us see what you would have us see. Let us see with the eyes of Christ, and let us respond with a spirit of faith.next >
Whenever Moses went into the Lord’s presence to speak with him, Moses would take the veil off until he came out again. When Moses came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see that the skin of Moses’ face was shining brightly. So Moses would put the veil on his face again until the next time he went in to speak with the Lord.
Exodus 34:34-35next >
Moses is one of my heroes. Despite “having it all” and then “losing it all,” he was a person of faith. He took life as it happened. And he was humble. He often questioned his worthiness, but God made it crystal clear to him: he was chosen by God.
Moses did not brag about this call. When he glowed with God's glory after his encounter with God, he did not parade around like a neon float. He put on a veil and kept it on until he was back with God. Moses knew in his heart it was not him creating this glow of holiness, but God's influence on him. Moses knew what was appropriate.
Often people of faith are accused of acting "holier than thou" — parading this view of themselves as being a little bit more special than those outside the faith. I hope I am like Moses: humble, appreciative, thankful, and faithful in following God’s call.
Rock Higginsnext >
Lord, open me to what you would reveal. Prepare me to hear, believe, and enact this special gift you have chosen for me to receive. Thank you for revealing this to me. Amen.next >
Open our eyes, Lord, and let us see what you would have us see. Let us see with the eyes of Christ, and let us respond with a spirit of faith.
Rock Higgins is an Episcopal priest in Virginia. He has served with summer camps for more than 25 summers and loves movies and being on or near the water. His favorite role is being a husband and father. His blog is rev.rocks where you can find sermons and thoughts.
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