Over the last few days, I have found myself gripped by Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. In order that his readers understand the privilege of knowing Jesus, there are occasions when Paul compares and contrasts their experience of God with those that people had within the time-frame of the Old Testament.
On one occasion, Paul speaks about Moses’ experience of God. Whenever Moses met with God he would have to put a veil across his face in order that those who later looked at him were not blinded by the ‘glory’ of God reflected by him. Paul then says; In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! (2 Co 3:10-11) I just want you to think about that for a moment. Paul says that what we have now, is greater than that which Moses experienced. So, if Paul is correct, I am left both encouraged and challenged.
I am encouraged, in that it is evident that there are deeper encounters of God available than those which I have currently experienced. And I am challenged, because in the same way Moses’ encounter with God was apparent to all, then my life should also reflect our encounter with him. Now I am not suggesting for one minute that our faces will start to shine brightly, but I am convinced that our lives with reflect his love and his glory.
Every blessing, Gareth