Exodus 33:18 (NKJV) And he said, “Please, show me Your Glory.”
The cry of the modern day church for revival is heard by God. Many have personal opinions on the absence of the event called out for. What is God waiting on? Why doesn’t He just pour out His Glory on the Body of Christ? Miracles? Signs? Wonders? Where are they? The Word of God tells us that if we ask by faith and believe that it will happen. Is the problem in the asking? Having faith? Believing? It is probably a combination of all those things laced with a little bit of ignorance of what it is being asked for. The Glory of God is the person of God. To invite the entirety of His Presence to occupy our space in the fullest measure. Oh friend, that’s a whole lot of God. He is not like Santa. He doesn’t just tiptoe in and leave a few gifts and promises for you to find. No, the Presence of God known as His Glory is a life changing, overwhelming, and radical event that I am not certain any of us are completely ready for.
Exodus 33:19 (NKJV) Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
The fullness of God’s Goodness is in His Glory. This is a double-edged sword because His Goodness releases all His Benefits and Blessings but His Goodness cannot tolerate sin. His Goodness is whole and in its entirety – it changes us. When our youngest was about six years old, she asked if Santa was a real person. I said, “Before I answer your question, once you know the truth – you can no longer live in the lie.” In other words, once you are fully and completely aware of the truth than the lie no longer applies because you do not believe it. Again, this could be a problem for some to realize that their life in God through Jesus Christ is not exactly as they had hoped. When His Glory comes and His Goodness overtakes us, it is atmosphere of transparency. It breaks us. It redefines us. It is unsettling because the only good thing in us to connect with God is Jesus Christ. His Spirit should live and breathe within motivation, urging and convicting to prepare us to meet God in all His Glory. How do I know if I am really ready for the Glory of God? I don’t think anyone is ever really ready, but we must examine our heart daily, study His Word continuously, pray without ceasing and exercise true repentance and obedience to Christ.
Exodus 33:20-23 (NKJV) But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the Lord
said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”
In the previous verses, the Lord tells Moses, “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” God decided to pay the price of our sin by sacrificing His Son, Jesus. Jesus laid His Life down for us so that people could connect with God the Father again. The application of His Grace is enough for the complete remission of sin. However, if salvation doesn’t produce a turning away from sin to embrace Christ fully by faith and obedience demonstrating allegiance to the Kingdom – then we may experience His Presence from time to time but ever His Glory as it could be.
Moses experienced God’s Promises. Over and over again, God was faithful to him. Moses experienced God’s Power in epic proportions. Miracles, signs and wonders literally right before his eyes. Moses also experienced God’s Presence. He longed to be near the Lord. Now, the Servant wanted to encounter the person of God. This is personal. It is intimate. It is the deepest form of connection with God possible prior to our departure.
But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” Moses could not see God’s Face without experiencing His Judgment in that moment. He would die on the spot so the Lord put His Servant right next to him. He told Moses to stand on the rock. He tells us to do the same. We must position our life fully and completely on a firm foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God so maybe this was an indication of His Presence to Moses before His Arrival. God knew the potential of His Glory so He hid Moses in the cleft of the rock and put His Hand over him while He passed by. God will come as close as we allow Him. His Presence is only the beginning – the real bonus is when His Glory comes.
2 Corinthians 3:15-18 (NKJV) But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Sadly, our mouth forms words not backed up by heart with belief. When the Spirit of the Lord begins to move in a church service, the pastor begins to sweat a little unsure of what some may think. As people begin to grow uncomfortable, they resist the urge to move closer to the altar and pray. Others nervously look around the room at all the craziness. The Spirit of the Lord ushers in the Presence of God which is followed by His Glory. We are crying for revival but we are so uncomfortable in with His Presence that it is not released due to doubt and disbelief. We want His Promises, Power and Presence but in limited and controllable quantities that allow us to maintain our complacency, comfort, convenience and control. So sadly the Glory of God passes us by rather than resting upon us. People leave church the same way they came despite God’s Deep and Ongoing Desire to dwell with them. God is ready. We are not!
The Glory of God and all His Goodness is not comfortable to us. It is not convenient. It is not controlled by us. It requires putting all our love, faith and trust in Christ and standing on the foundation of faith (though solid) is generally only the size of a mustard seed. It means allowing God to move through you and reveal those hidden things that are being held onto and release them at once. See God wants to overcome you with His Glory – save, heal, deliver, fulfill, protect, complete, bless and prosper your life. It begins in our soul and works its way out. God wants to fill your life with His Glory. Do you really want His Glory in your life? It requires one thing – all of you.
Psalm 63:1-3 (NKJV) You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.