When Moses went up Mt. Sinai to talk with God Moses’ face shined from exposure to the glory of God. It was bright, there was no doubt he had been in the presence of the Holiness of God. After Moses returned to camp with the Israelites, the brightness of his experience with God made them uncomfortable. Finally, Moses began to wear a veil when he was with the Israelites, but he would remove it when he was in God’s presence (Exodus 34:29-35).
The Israelites were freed from the bondage and slavery in Egypt. They were given an incredible opportunity to seek the presence of God. To be with God fully- unhindered, unfiltered, totally accessible. But their life in bondage with a powerful leader like Pharaoh had twisted their view of how leaders can be and act. They may have seen their sins- their failings and worried they’d never attain that level of holiness. So they cowered in fear of the presence of God, they told Moses he needed to be their spokesman with God.
They chose to remain living with the phantom weight of the old chains of bondage, in the dark, being aware of the light, but not fully walk in the light.
Scripture calls us to walk in the light (Psalm 56:13, Psalm 89:15, Isaiah 2:5, Isaiah 9:2, and Isaiah 50:10). When we walk in the light of God’s presence we experience so much more than the ability to see where we are going. We experience fellowship, relationship, love, direction, correction, and a depth and richness not known this side of Heaven in regular relationships.
When we chose to walk in the dark, we chose to remain in the bondage we used to be in as non-believers. As those who have chosen to follow Christ, we a free from the pain, free from the sorrow, free from the burdens we used to carry alone. Christ took it all. He carried it all to the Cross for us.
Why would we want to live veiled in the darkness when we could be unveiled- shining brightly, seeking the face of God without boundaries, without hindrance?
Because of Christ we live in freedom. Let us live like it.