DayBreaks for 9/08/17: God’s Glory
From the DayBreaks archive, 9/2007:
I love to read the passages of Scripture that describe God’s glory and greatness! I think we all like to read about those aspects of our God. They are all at once awe-inspiring, comforting, intimidating, exhilarating and terrifying. There is something within most of us that loves adventure – and life with God is certainly that!
But when we talk about the glory of God, what do you think about? Do you recall the story of Moses after he came down from the mountain and found the Israelites worshipping the golden calf? He was upset and angry…and seemingly he got depressed. So, what did he do? He talked to God and he made what seems to be a very strange request given the circumstances. He said, “Show me Your glory, I pray.” It’s not too surprising that Moses would ask, in the middle of his depression and discouragement, to see God’s glory. It makes perfect sense, actually.
But what, I wonder, did Moses expect to see? He’d already seen the burning bush and the miracles in Egypt. Did he expect to see a display of lightning and thunder such as the world had never seen? Did he expect to feel the earth shake under his feet, to see the mountains smoking, to see shooting stars even in the middle of the desert daylight? Did he expect to hear mighty noises? I don’t know. But I don’t think that Moses got what He expected.
Amazingly, God agrees to Moses’ request, however, notice carefully what God said: “I will cause My goodness to pass before you.” Do you see it? God agreed to show Moses His glory…and He proceeds to show him His goodness. What is God’s glory? It is His unlimited goodness. The most glorious thing about God is that He is so good! This sheds new meaning on John’s words in the first chapter of his gospel. Describing how Christ came to earth in the incarnation, John wrote: “And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of God.” What did humans see when they saw Jesus? They saw his goodness – his love, compassion, healing, mercy, grace – all GOOD things, all God things. They didn’t see Christ in his heavenly glory – no man could and live – but they saw his goodness, and that is God’s glory!
No, I don’t think Moses got what he expected to see when he asked to see God’s glory. But I don’t think we was disappointed. He got so much more than he’d expected – and he learned something valuable about God in the process.
PRAYER: Thank You, God, for Your ceaseless goodness. May we reflect your glory, your goodness, this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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