God’s Light in Our Lives

When Moses came down from the mountain,
Toting two tablets of stone,
His face was shining so brightly,
It frightened the people below.
He calmed them and called a debriefing
To tell of his time on the mount.
The people all listened intently,
For they saw God’s light on his face.

They saw God’s light on his face, yes,
They saw God’s light on his face.
The people all listened intently,
For they saw God’s light on his face.

When we come back down from the mountain,
After a time with the Lord,
We pray to meet unbelievers
And share the way of the Cross.
We lovingly tell them the Good News,
Not sure just how they will respond.
But we know they’ll more likely listen
If they see God’s light in our lives.

If they see God’s light in our lives, yes,
If they see God’s light in our lives.
We know they’ll more likely listen
If they see God’s light in our lives.

About This Song:

The inspiration for this song is Exodus 34:29-35:

29 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. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.
(NIV)

This Scripture fascinates me. I can only begin to imagine what being physically in the presence of God would be like, but I couldn’t have blamed the Children of Israel if they’d been skeptical about it.

They weren’t skeptical, however. They had no choice but to believe and accept that Moses had been in God’s presence. God had given Moses an unmistakable sign by anointing him with a frightening radiance–a special glow. The Children of Israel recognized that sign for what it was.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t expect my face to light up that much, no matter how special my prayer time with God might be.

Still, the people we try to share our faith with may very well be skeptical. Unless, of course, they see something in our lives that almost shouts, “It’s true! Listen to him. Believe him.”

If we are truly God’s children, each of us has the potential to glow–at least periodically. We won’t glow the same way, any more than we’ll all share Moses’ radiance. But no matter what form our glow takes–whether a smile of approval or ears that are really willing to listen–it will help to convince unbelievers that we’re real. And that the God whose love we’re trying to share with them is also real.

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Best regards,
Roger

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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