If someone asked you, “How would you describe God’s glory?”
What would you say?
You and I live in a world full of suffering and conflict … a world that desperately needs the truth about God.
And because of that, I want everyone to know about a glorious righteous God who transforms broken and hurting people into individuals who are strengthened and filled with hope … into communities of made over through God’s love.
For me, a huge part of telling people about God has been explaining all He has done for me.
But I also want to be able to tell them about Him … about who He says He is in the Bible.
And the Bible tells me He is glorious…
Moses asked to see God’s glory.
“Please show me your glory.”Exodus 33:18 (NCV)
And although God would not allow him to see His face, He did reveal a glimpse and a description…
“Yahweh, the Lord, is a kind and merciful God. He is slow to become angry. He is full of great love. He can be trusted. He shows his faithful love to thousands of people. He forgives people for the wrong things they do, but he does not forget to punish guilty people.Exodus 34:6–7
David wrote this about God’s glory…
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies announce what his hands have made.Psalm 19:1
And John wrote…
The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw His glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father—and he was full of grace and truth.John 1:14
And finally, Jesus said.
“Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”John 11:40
You see, the struggle we have in describing God’s glory is that His glory is not a part of Him. It’s a trait like height, hair color, or personality.
God’s glory is who He is!
God’s glory is His character, His nature, His way of relating to His creation.
God did not give Moses a vision of His power and majesty (although He certainly could have)…
He showed Moses His love.
God glory is demonstrated in His love and He has revealed His glory to you and me through His mercy and grace … through Jesus.
Through Jesus, He is always ready to forgive us and willing to help when we ask. He is faithful and just, slow to get angry willing to give us time to repent.
And He is always generous and gracious with His goodness, truth, compassion, and love.
Paul wrote to the Ephesians…
[ The God of Glory ] How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him. Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son.Ephesians 1:3–6 (MSG)
How beautiful is that?!
Through His glory, God has chosen you and me. He has adopted us into His family. He has blessed us with His lavish love!
The dictionary defines lavish as … being given in great amounts or without limit.
Think about that for a minute.
God pours out His love without limit!
Satan’s greatest temptation is the lie that we should question and doubt God’s goodness and love.
But God refutes that lie through the gift of Jesus who has shown us the lavishness of His love.
Jesus … fully God and fully man is God’s glory in a human body.
The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does His work through me.John 14:10
The Way, the Truth, and the Life – shows us God’s redeeming love.
I love this quote from John Piper…
Consider Jesus. Know Jesus. Learn what kind of Person it is you say you trust and love and worship. Soak in the shadow of Jesus. Saturate your soul with the ways of Jesus. Watch Him. Listen to Him. Stand in awe of Him. Let Him overwhelm you with the way He is.
I invited my friends to share some ways to describe God’s glory and share it with others…
Exercising a Heart of Obedience by Nicki Schroeder
… Trusting God’s plan even when it’s hard and using it to tell of His grace and give Him glory.
… 3 ways to plan and set goals to intentionally give God glory.
An Intimate Portrait of the God Who Pursues Me by Marva Smith
… God pursues you and me because He loves us so very much! His love reflects His glory.
Powerful Ways God Shows Up When You Least Expect It by Valerie Murray
… Beautiful ways simple acts of unexpected kindness show us God’s glory.
The Purpose Behind Christian Hospitality by Dawn Klinge
… Beautiful ways of opening our homes to others give God glory.
Friend, when you want to describe God’s glory … tell your story!
Tell people! Show people. Gentle and respectfully describe how…
God is your Provider…
This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:!9
God is your Healer…
O Lord, if You heal me, I will be truly healed; if You save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for You alone!Jeremiah 17:14
God is your Savior…
Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard Him ourselves. Now we know that He is indeed the Savior of the world.”John 4:42
God is LOVE…
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 1 John 4:16John 4:16
That’s it! Simply…
Tell the nations of His glory; tell all peoples the miracles He does, because the Lord is great; He should be praised at all times.Psalm 96:3–4a
Oh, there’s one more thing…
After Moses had been with God:
… he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord.Exodus 34:29b
Don’t you just love that?!
Moses’ face reflected God’s glory!
Oh, how I want that!
Can you imagine the difference it could make if the faces of God’s children reflected His glory?
I want that! I want people to be able to tell that I’ve spent time with God because it shows. I want God’s glory to be reflected in everything I say and do … and even if I don’t say or do a thing. I want people to see His glory in the expression on my face.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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