There are few things that capture my attention like watching the colors of the sky change dramatically as the sun rises and sets. And one thing I know is that there is nothing more awe-inspiring than gazing at the Son and beholding His light span across the horizon! If you’re anything like me, you probably tried as a child, and maybe still do, to gaze at the sun as long as possible before you have to look away.
See, we are created to behold the Son and are transformed as we do, yet we can only glimpse at the brilliance of the Son for a moment since He is too holy and infinite to behold fully, as we are but finite beings who are limited in what can be seen.
We can’t touch the heavens but we can witness the splendor painted new every day. Think about how different things look when wearing sunglasses or a hat. Both allow us to gaze towards the sun but not to hurt our eyes in doing so. In the same way, God allows us to look at His Light, His Son, but He protects us as we look upon Him, and hides the fullness of His radiant glory behind coverings like clouds and clefts so that we can draw always nearer to Him.
The sun gives warmth, provides light, and gives life. The Son is the Light of the world which warms our hearts as He breathes His life into us. In beholding the Light of the world, are we not filled with light? In gazing even at the reflection of the Son, are we not transformed to reflect Him too? So then, as Moses stood in the cleft in the rock but beheld the glory of the Lord, so too can we come into the Presence of the Living God since we are protected under the shadow of the Almighty.
“Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.”
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!””