Removing the Veil (by Len Winneroski)

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, NIV

Are our lives radiant?  This morning I was reading about the radiant face of Moses.  The Bible says that, “when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” (Exodus 34:29)  The Scriptures go on to tell us that Aaron and the Israelites were afraid to come near Moses, so he put a veil over his face that was only removed, “whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with Him.” (Exodus 34:34)

There is something supernatural that happens to us when we enter the Lord’s presence and speak with Him through prayer.  God’s glory rubs off on us and we wear it throughout the day. I think that the people around us know when we are praying, and when we are not.  My attitudes and actions are definitely affected by the amount of time that I practice an awareness of God through prayer.   I wonder if I wear a veil sometimes to cover the fact that I’m not spending time speaking with the Lord.  The Word of God says, “and we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

We were made to shine forth God’s glory.  If we don’t take time to pray and develop a constant awareness of the presence of the Lord in our lives, our faces will remain dull.  My prayer for you and for me is that we will take time to talk to God today and that, “He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:6)

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