Where do we stand with regard to God’s glory? We know that the Holy Spirit resides within us. Do we therefore know that we possess God’s glory? Sometimes we allow religious garble and legalism in the church to cloud our minds concerning seeing God’s glory. We must resist putting God in a box and wishing Him to move on our terms, within our own time. We need to let Him be God and be open to what He wants to reveal to us. We ask God for revival and for change, but He cannot move further than we allow.
The Word says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn…. The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor. The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.” ( Isaiah 60:1-3, 19-22)
God spoke this to the nation of Israel nearly three thousand years ago, and I believe He saying this to His church today. The church is in darkness. We have allowed ourselves to become too much like this world. We are afraid to stand up for what we believe in. We have lost the true concept of being in God’s glory.
Because Israel stood away from His glory in Exodus at the mountain, they missed out on His wonder and majesty. They were blinded to the true glory of God because they complained and grumbled all the time. They were never satisfied. They did not seek the glory of the Lord; instead, they possessed an Ichabod spirit (1 Samuel 4:21) ~ one without the Lord’s glory, which had departed from Israel. How many times do we complain about the problems of people, programs, and the church instead of seeking God on our knees? May we not possess the Ichabod spirit!
Moses went to the mountain and basked in God’s glory. The Scriptures tell us that when he came down, the glory of the LORD was upon him. He had to hide his face under a veil because the Israelites could not behold God’s glory in person. This is the Jochebed spirit (Exodus 6:20; Numbers 26:59), filled with the glory of the Lord. We are not able to handle God’s glory in the physical realm. We have to experience Him in spirit and in truth. We have to be open to what He has for us. We have to seek the Giver and not the gifts. Then, and only then, can we experience God’s glory as fully as Moses did.
Where do we stand? Are we filled with the Ichabod or the Jochebed spirit? As author C.S. Lewis wrote, “The glory of God, and as our only means of glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.” Lewis also wrote, “The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.”
The Holy Spirit is here to fill us with His fullness and glory. We are called to arise and shine. The glory of the Lord resides in us! We are to shine in the darkness and not be afraid of the world. When we look to God and allow Him to move, then the darkness will be pushed back, people will be gloriously saved, and God will bless His church. Let’s stop worrying about the petty things in the church. Let’s focus on Him and allow His Spirit to be poured out for such a time as this.
Prayer: Lord, may Your glory fill Your church. Help us to focus on what Your will, and not on what the world wants. Help us to rise to a higher standard. May we be filled with Your holiness and grace. May we be a shining light, revealing the Jochebed spirit, so that others can see Jesus Christ. We want what You want for our church. We want to move forward spiritually. We want to see others come to know You as Lord and Saviour. We want to see Your glory! In Christ’s name, Amen.