Our youth group just recently returned from our mission trip to Greenville, South Carolina, and I can say confidently that I have never seen God move more in one week in my life. I invite you to come Sunday night at 6:00 to youth group, so you can hear all about it. But that’s not why I’m writing. In a sense, this was a typical week of Christian camp. We went, we were saturated with the Word of God and worshipping Him, and we all took at least one step closer to Him in the process. That happens. But do you know what else normally happens? After drawing closer to God while away, we tend to fade at least a little further away from Him when we return.
In Exodus 34, Moses climbs up Mount Sinai and spends time in the presence of God. He received instructions on how God wanted His people to worship Him. When he returned to the bottom of the mountain, he realized his face was glowing. He was radiating God’s glory. It was obvious. But over time, that faded. Eventually, he just had plain old Moses face. The longer he was out of God’s presence, the more it faded. Our faces didn’t glow when we returned from Greenville, but our spirits did. Our demeanor was different and more reflective of God. It can stay like that, if we continue to come into the presence of God on a daily basis, but it can also fade away, just as Moses’ face slowly faded, if we do not choose to stay before God.
When was the last time you found yourself experiencing God’s glory from being in His presence? Has the glory faded? Have you spent too long away from Him? As Christians, we’ve been given authority to enter boldly before the throne of God. Maybe we should spend more time there. Don’t do it one time a week or one week per Summer. Make it a habit. Make it a normal hang out.