“To God Alone Belongs the Glory-
All the credit,
All the Attention,
All the Applause.”
– Chuck Swindoll
Leading the children of Israel was hard for Moses. He often struggled with his inadequacy and their ingratitude and disobedience to God. Today was no different. Moses had been on Mt. Sinai, where God personally wrote the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. When he came down off the mountain, he found Israel had built a golden calf to worship, in place of the Almighty God.
It is here that Moses draws a line in the sand, God, ”If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” Like a small child grabbing his Father’s hand in complete faith and trust; Moses does not want to take another step unless his Father is with him. We see Moses real character as he craves the presence and guidance of God, “ I beseech (beg) thee, shew me thy glory.”
Children of God need to have hearts that desire the presence of their Heavenly Father. That they see the importance of making decisions that place them, walking hand in hand with their Father. For it is there that we can see God’s glory revealed.
You may think, “I am no, Moses. I am not sure I have ever seen God’s glory.” I want to assure you that God is continuously revealing his glory to you. For a few moments ask with Moses, “God “ shew me thy glory.”
God’s Glory Is Revealed
1) In answered prayer. Think of all the times that God answered your prayers, even with a “wait” or a “no.” How lovingly he directed your steps and did the impossible. The God of all creation loves you enough to not only to listen but to answer your cries. Why would he do that? So you would personally know His presence.
2) In the lives, He transforms. Nothing reveals God’s glory more clearly than his ability to forgive us of our sins and heal the brokenness within us. The story of how God stepped into your life to change everything, is a beautiful picture of His glory. For only He could create such a change.
3) In the passionate worship experienced in His presence. Have you ever found yourself awake in the middle of the night, sitting in the silence of your living room, so over-whelmed by God that tears roll down your face? Sometimes it is the song that comes on the radio that makes it hard to hold onto the steering wheel when your hands want to lift in praise. Maybe it’s the memory of your life before Christ and his patience with you as you grow in Him. In Him, worship becomes not the where or how but the WHO that is your focus.
4) In love without partiality that unexplainably flows from His children. John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another.” It’s the times when you find yourself sacrificially serving and encouraging the person that has hurt you the most. It’s the desire that stirs within you to reach out to help heal the wounds of the broken, rather than turn away or dig up the dirt. It is giving when your pocket is left bare. You don’t understand why, but you know it had to come from God. He has chosen to show the world His glory, though your God directed, unreasonable acts of love.
Leading Israel was very challenging and even heartbreaking, but what a tremendous adventure. Each day Moses clung to his Father’s hand and with a heart full of passion, looked up, “Please, show me your glory.”