August 21, 2012

Eclipsed by Glory

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 21, 2012

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.” Exodus 3:5-6

There are seasons when a servant of the Lord Jesus will engage the glory of God in an intense fashion. Yes, His glory is all encompassing, all the time, but these less frequent, intimate encounters are especially revealing. God’s glory goes to places in the heart where humans fear to tread. Only by faith and brokenness can a Christian experience this deep commune with Christ in the middle of pain, uncertainty, prayer, worship and transition.

Moses, in reverent awe, worshiped God in His glory during his burning bush experience. In humility he took off his shoes and bowed in submission to his King of Glory! In these very meaningful moments we listen for the voice of the Lord and we do exactly what He says. If He says go, we go. If He says stay, we stay. If He says wait, we wait. The voice of God does not stutter, nor should our faith. We obey, because His glory is our guarantor.

“As for me, I will be vindicated and will see Your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness.” Psalm 17:15

Are you emboldened or intimidated by experiencing God in all His glory? When you feel overwhelmed by His majesty, be motivated to move forward by faith. Allow your fears to transform into trust based on the fear of the Lord. His glory will eclipse your afflictions and deepen your affections. It is not a path to prominence, but a call to servitude. Once the glory of God governs your heart, He takes you to places only His special friends go.

Experiencing and embracing the glory of God is the passageway to friendship with Jesus. Lordship leads to laughter. Awe enables amusement. Fear facilitates freedom. Intimacy brings inspiration. Glory gives grace. You are a friend of God, because of the glory of God. Indeed, His glory eclipses your earthly challenges and invites you to be called friend. Wow, what a privilege to walk with Jesus and worship Jesus at the same time!

“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Exodus 33:11a

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to see Your glory, so I can display Your glory in my life.

Related Readings: Numbers 12:8; Matthew 5:8; John 15:13-15; 1 John 3:2

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Comments

  1. Receive this so long ago!!!! Receive this in a commission service in Indiana 1986. Appreciate your help in discerning!!! Receive it God directs my steps!!!!! He molded me for how ever long he patiently molded me by His palm of His hand!!!! God voice!!!!! Amen!

  2. LaVerne Inniss says:

    Thank you so much for those encouraging words. I just met you, but feel like I always knew you. I am glad that through modern medicine, doctor’s were able to help you. I am thanking God that you are now cancer free.

  3. Kmac4him says:

    About a year ago I started to purposefully develop my AWE of God, by being more aware of His Presence in the small things of life, not compartmentalizing HIM but learning to be in a constant conversation with HIM and recognizing HIM in the all of my life with AWE. I decided to start expressing my gratitude in a more intentional way and that also helped develop my AWE. The more I developed my AWE of God, the more I felt I was embracing His Glory and my friendship with God grew in a really sweet way. I am more aware of His Presence in my life. LOL! Omnipresent Reality Check! That is what I called it. Just every now and then stretching out my AWE of God past the seen unto the unseen, because I naturally see the things of my world and appreciate them, but I closed off my AWE of the creator of the created! Now it is wide open! AWE-GOD!


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