May 16, 2014


Exodus 34:18-35; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Matthew 5:27-37

How many times have you heard someone say that a pregnant woman “glowed”? She takes better care of herself for the child’s sake. She talks to her unborn child, perhaps even reading or singing to the baby. A women becomes so focused on the child within herself that she begins to glow with the life of another.

Moses was so focused upon the Lord on Mount Sinai that his face shone when he came down from the mountain. As he continued to spend time with God each day, the vibrancy persisted. This was not the only side-effect of his time with God. He also saw deeply into the commandments; he understood their implications. Moses taught the people how to live in the commandments. Paul learned that the Thessalonians had begun to live the faith and desired to supply to them what might yet be lacking. Jesus taught more deeply than the face value of God’s statutes. Later, Luther explained for us the meaning of the commandments in the Catechisms.

Those who are focused on God become established in his holiness, and glow with his presence. It takes time—perhaps forty days or so. Will you climb the mountain and shine?

Prayer: May I glow, Lord, with the presence of your Spirit within me. Amen.

 Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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