Living in the Afterglow
Lord, let Your light shine on me today. Grant me wholeness: body, mind and soul.
Read Exodus 34:29-35
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“As we gaze on Your kindly brightness, so our faces display Your likeness. Ever changing from glory to glory, mirrored here may our lives tell Your story. Shine on me. Shine on me” (Graham Kendrick).
Moses’ face shines so brightly that he has to cover it with a veil. Each time he is in the presence of God the brightness is recharged and it is clear to the Israelites that he has been with God. For Moses, this profound personal encounter with God was not something he was immediately conscious of, but his brother and all the people could see the effects of his divine encounters. Would that this were so with us!
Robert Clinton writes about “afterglow” as “an era of recognition and indirect influence at broad levels,” when the effectiveness of a leader is increased after they have already retired or finished their original ministry. We have done most of what God has given us to do, fought our battles and come through our trials and, without having to do very much, we live in the “afterglow,” being a blessing to others and having a godly influence. For others of us, the mountaintop experiences of God’s presence come in the midst of obstacles, brief encounters that keep us from being discouraged by outward circumstances and inner stresses. And for some, the daily pursuit of God’s presence is rewarded by a continual sense that he is with us.
Are you an effortless “afterglower,” a mountaintop gazer or a steady plodder? Does God’s presence shine into your life on a regular basis or are such experiences few and far between? Paul writes: “God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6) As we turn to Jesus, we can be assured of his presence with us. “The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you” (Num. 6:25).
Reflect on God’s radiance and glory. Ask him to renew your “afterglow.” How would you like God’s presence in your life and character to impact others today?
Shine, Jesus, shine on me. May I reflect Your glory.
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