SILENCED BY GOD’S GLORY
How clearly the sky reveals God's glory! How plainly it shows what he has done! Each day announces it to the following day;each night repeats it to the next. No speech or words are used,no sound is heard; yet their message goes out to all the worldand is heard to the ends of the earth. Psalm 19:1-4
The radiance of God’s glory is veiled even though so many of His children, including me, ask everyday, “Show me your glory today.” I’ve seen enough of it to change my heart but the amount I have seen is a grain of sand in the vast ocean of glory.
What happens when God shows His face and gives more than a small dose? Apparently, silence.
Job was silenced in his accusations when God became present and started asking him questions.
Isaiah was silenced when He saw God in all of His glory. Immediately, he pronounced himself unclean.
Habakkuk tried to speak and nothing came out.
John, as well as he knew Jesus, saw him in his glorified state and fell as dead at His feet. Jesus had to touch him and bring life back to John’s body.
One day, all of us will stand before God. We will see him in all of His glory. It won’t be the same as standing before human judges. There, we are often acquitted, even though guilty. Our judges are fallen and we grow cynical of earthly laws and their consequences when we are tempted to discount those in higher authority.
The most eloquent will be silenced on the day they see God. He who has been self-impressed, insistent that his good deeds outweigh his bad deeds and are enough to earn him a place in heaven, will tremble and lose his voice in the presence of holiness. Even the most faithful of God’s children will bow low in humility. God is more glorious than any human description; more holy than flawed people can even conceive.
As a fallen woman, I can not imagine what perfection is like. For now, I see glimpses of Him and it stirs me to worship and defer my will to His. Since I was created to worship and to love God, this is the most exhilarating experience I will ever know in this lifetime. Any of Satan’s counterfeits pale in comparison.
Let me see as much of Your glory as I can see and live. Please, Lord. Amen
Originally published Wednesday, 02 May 2018.