Can the presence of God change us? Can it truly permeate our humanity and invite us into the divine?
In Exodus 34:29-35 we read of the encounter that Moses had with the Lord in Mount Sinai.
“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” Exodus 34:29
Moses’ face was radiant after having been in God’s presence. As others witnessed this they were so astonished and fearful that Moses had to veil his face.
The most common Hebrew term for presence is “panim” which means face. So as Moses was entering into the presence of God in Mount Sinai, he was experiencing a close and personal encounter with God. In a sense, he was meeting Him face to face.
Perhaps our encounters with God do not leave us literally radiant as with Moses, but surely when we practice seeking God’s presence even our countenance is changed. The sadness, fear, worry, bitterness or hate leaves our face and His goodness, peace, love, and grace overwhelms us.
When we enter into God’s presence we transcend into His spiritual realm. We find ourselves enveloped with His Spirit, with the very creator of the heavens and the earth. We have the ability to experience His holiness, His power, His unconditional love.
Sometimes we find ourselves running away from God’s presence because we know His presence confronts us. His presence exposes us. His presence will point out the wrong within us and ask that we turn direction. But it doesn’t do it harshly. God moves us gently. He reminds us of our greater purpose in Him. He reminds us that His correction is for our good. “My good you say? But this hurts. It hurts profoundly.” But His word tells us that His grace is sufficient, for His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Our purpose in Him is onto eternity, and in perspective of the promise that awaits us we can trust that He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things shall have passed (Revelation 21:4).
But, in order to experience and receive that promise we must first meet God here on earth. And surely, we can. The supernatural can meet the natural. The spiritual can meet the carnal. We saw that as Jesus in His full divinity walked on this land of sinners to reach us and change our eternal outcome forevermore. And then, God showed that it wasn’t enough to just dwell among us. No. He desired to dwell within us.
The indwelling of His Spirit and transformation of our beings only comes when we experience the fullness of His presence.
I pray we choose to run to His presence today. I pray we meet Him face to face.
May your day be graciously adventurous,