After Moses destroys the idol he gets another opportunity to be in the presence of God. He actually was able to see the glory of God pass by.
And we see God’s description by his own account.
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
But what stuck out to me is how Moses changed after being in the presence of God. His face was so radiant it scared the others.
It’s easier than we might think for people to know where we’ve been or what we’ve been doing.
Many can tell you of my interest in chocolate. It started at a young age. My parents tell me of a story of when I was little and I snuck a piece of cake. My face was full of chocolate icing. I was approached about if I took a piece of cake and I straight faced lied – “I did not take the cake”. Despite my insistence, my parents knew where I had been and what I was up to.
Maybe it’s the icing on your face, the ticket-stub that falls out of your pocket, maybe it’s your extensive knowledge of a certain sport, or your church name printed on your shirt, but there are clues that tell others where you have been, who you were with, or what you’ve been up to.
Over time people notice deeper things as well. Because the truth is, whether we are aware of it or not, what and who we spend our time with changes us. Whatever you spend your time looking at, meditating on, and thinking about is what you will slowly, but surely, become. And people pick up on it.
So let me ask the question, “What have you been doing?”
“Who or what has left a mark on you?”
“What do you reflect in your character?”
And more specifically, if it is easier than we might think for people to tell where we’ve been, would anyone think you’ve been with God?