Eating breakfast one morning, my oldest passes me our devotional book. “Mom, will you read to us?” He looks at me with expectant eyes. My youngest, yogurt encircling his mouth, smiles wide. They love when I read to them in the morning, filling their souls with God’s word as well as bellies with food.
The story for that morning was Moses asking to see God’s glory.
“Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.”(Exodus 33:18-20)
The boys and I talked about how it was Moses’ frustration with the Israelites that prompted his desire to see to see God’s glory. They were “stiff-necked” and disobedient (see Exodus 32) and he wanted to show them God’s goodness.
When life gets frustrating, hard, and painful, we too can seek to see His glory. When life is uncertain, we need to know God is there. Seeing His glory gives us strength to live for Him and to love others. Like Moses, the closer we get to God, the more we reflect His love and grace to the world.
In response to this reading, I asked my boys, “Where do we see the glory of God?” (thinking of the Bible). My oldest replied, “Well, it’s all around us.”
His glory is all around us. It’s in the raging sea and in the snow-capped mountains. It’s in the strength He gives us to endure trials. It’s in the love of friends and family. It’s in the faces of smiling children. And it’s in all the blessings of grace He gives us each and every day.
Living a life of gratitude means that we seek out His glory. We search, we count, and we give thanks for His kindness. As we give thanks, our experiences of His glory will shine through us for others to see. Like Moses, our lives will radiate the gratitude we have for all He has done.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
May we pray and ask God to show us all the gifts He has given. May He remove any lingering clouds that blind us from seeing His glory. May He open our eyes to the wonders of His love that is in every breath we take, every hug we receive, and every blessing we have. And may each discovery shine through us for others to see so that they too may know how great is our God.
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