‘Glory, glory’!!! That word has almost become an exclamation mark and a slogan in our midst as children of God. It is good as it reminds us of the glory of God. Have you noticed that we pray continually for the glory of God to come down into our lives and our midst? This we need as it will differentiate us from the rest of the world! However, are we ready to have the Eternal Creator’s glory in our lives or in our midst?
We presently live and operate in a world that desires to do things outside of God or His principles. No wonder certain principles being taught by sons of God as the best way to live, do business or marry sound so good and right to the ears and logical minds, unfortunately, they have no biblical basis. The fact that an opinion sound logical does not mean it is godly. You can bet on the fact that its benefits will not last. Several equally believe that a person’s life can be compacted in such a manner that certain areas are ‘controlled’ by the word of God, while other areas are ‘controlled’ by his/her sensory knowledge. While this may sound plausible, however, how does one judge a thing to be right or wrong if the very standard being compared with is subjective? It is a matter of time before a more superior argument is proffered that will knock out that which is seen as a standard. God’s word on the other hand is immutable; no ‘superior’ argument can knock it out, no matter how much man tries. In fact, such venture only exposes the darkness and foolishness of such!
The desire of God is to have His glory fill the whole earth as the waters cover the seas. If you were like me, you may have wondered how that would be and the state of the world. I truly believe the world will be a glorious place to live in. Through Scriptures we have seen that when the glory of God comes to a place, flesh is rendered useless. This simply means, displays and acrobatics of flesh are thrown out or they die. For instance the Bible tells us: “Moses was unable to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud rested on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle” (Exodus 40:35). This is the same Moses that God testified about: “Listen to what I say: If there is a prophet among you from the Lord, I make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all my household. I speak with him directly, openly, and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord” (Exodus 12:6-8a). Yet when the glory of God came down on the tabernacle, he couldn’t enter. Friend, it is not about your position, or how well you know the Lord! Same happened to the priests during the dedication of the Temple of God by king Solomon: “When the priests came out of the holy place, the cloud filled the Lord’s temple, and because of the cloud, the priests were not able to continue ministering for the glory of the Lord filled the temple” (1Kings 8:10-11).
Friend, when the glory of God descends on a place, flesh cannot glory in that atmosphere. Uzzah tried it and he paid with his life! If we truly desire the glory of God in our lives, our congregations we must do away with the things of the flesh. ‘Glory!’ shout should not just be a saying or a slogan but should be a reality for us on earth. We cannot want to walk in the glory of God carrying the mindset of flesh and its reasoning. Unlike in the days of Moses and David, Jesus Christ had made the eternal sacrifice once and for all for us, giving us access to dwell continually in the glory of God. But we have a responsibility as sons of God to move from slogan chanting to reality: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water” (Hebrews 10:22). As we do this we will indeed see His glory not only in our lives, in the congregation of God but also in our communities. God bless you.