Moses would go up to the mountain to meet with God and he would come back down glowing and overshadowed by the glory of God, a changed man: “Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him” (Exod. 34: 29).
When we spend time in the transforming presence of God, it changes us. We cannot help but be changed! As we allow the presence of God to touch our lives— even those difficult, sensitive areas— and yield to His work in us, we will radiate with His transforming work. This is a lifestyle, not a one-time event.
On the other hand, we talk about the glory of God showing up suddenly and then we are changed when we encounter His manifest presence. We live to pursue God’s presence, simply because He is our greatest desire. At the same time, we keep ourselves in a state of expectation, always looking for those miraculous moments when God’s glorious presence breaks in with power. Remember, you only need one minute with God for everything in your life to be changed.
The question you might be asking is: “How much time do we spend in God’s presence?” Yes, God does come suddenly, but sometimes it often happens after waiting on Him for days and days. Moses didn’t spend time with God because of the glory he was currently experiencing, but he spent time with God until the glory of God’s presence showed up.
Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights (Exodus 24: 15-18).
The more time we spend with God, the faster we will get an answer from Him. You can start with one minute with God here and there throughout the day, but the goal is for you to build a continual relationship with Him. The more time you find to spend with God throughout the day, the more you will begin to experience Him at different moments. Then God will answer you in just one minute.
Did the children of Israel have the glory cloud leading them through the wilderness because they were God’s chosen people or because they were following a man who had God’s glory following him? When God called Moses at the burning bush, He promised Moses that He would go with him throughout his journeys. The children of Israel didn’t even want to leave Egypt, but Moses convinced them that God had spoken to him.
Moses was a man whom the glory of God followed because he followed the glory.