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The Shining Face of Moses

August 05, 2015

by Phil Honea, DO

I’ve often thought about how I am perceived by patients and by those I work with – whether it is residents, attendings, nurses, students or the many other staff I interact with at the hospital. Do they know that I am a Christian based on my words and actions? As I’ve been living in the Midwest for the past year of residency, faith and religion come up in conversation much more than when I was in medical school in New England. When we have these conversations, and profess faith in Christ, are we living in ways that others can see God in us?

In Exodus 34:29-35, when Moses comes down from Mount Sinai, the shining of his face alarmed the Israelites—it was physically obvious that Moses had interacted with God! All who spoke to Moses could see that he was a man who had spoken to God by the shining of his face.

Now, I don’t expect our faces to shine if we read a devotional or spend time in prayer this morning, but our lives should have evidence of God “shining” from them. When we care for patients and work with others, they should see our actions and hear our words and know that we know God. While we are not meeting with God the way Moses did on Mount Sinai, we know from Acts 2 and John 14 that we are filled with the Holy Spirit as Christians. We still have that connection to God, and it should be obvious in our lives. 

“…like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16, NASB).

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