Moses had spent 40 days in God’s presence without food or water. He had gone from unknown shepherd to one the history’s greatest leaders. His cry had gone from, “Not me! Send someone else!” to “God- show me your glory.”
The Hebrew word for ablaze here is qaran and it means ‘to send out rays’. http://biblehub.com/hebrew/7160.htm
I think the temptation in the christian life (at least for me) is to get focused on trying to stamp the sin out of your life or to change yourself. You see the sin issues and character flaws and you start coming up with 3 step processes to change! Or at least that is how I think. We need to realize that we don’t force out darkness. We shine the light on it. We are changed in his presence. We are changed in the process of beholding his glory.
We are still called to meet with God and then radiate- send out his rays wherever we go. “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:18
We are changed as we contemplate and behold his glory. It is a life-long process through which we get to know him. If we want to radiate with his glory and be ablaze with his love we need to seek him with everything that we are. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…’ Luke 10:27
Whatever problem you face- the answer is more of Him. Whatever need you have. Whatever change you need. He knows. Do you need more love? more patience? more purity? more peace? more resources? more relationships? “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 Our Heavenly Father knows our needs. He wants us to find the answers in seeking Him. Some prayers go unanswered because he wants us to seek after him (and find him) with greater abandon and glory.
He wants us to live this life as a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1 He wants our lives to be ablaze with his love, holiness, and passion. I am teaching primarily to myself in all my blogs. I need it! I hope to also encourage other’s in their pursuit of Christ as well. Let’s allow our need, our brokenness, our pain, our unmet longings- all of it- drive us to Him. Let’s let him have his way in our lives. For his glory. Amen.