Summary: People desire to see God’s glory, but what does it take for His glory to be seen?
Moses asked God in Exodus 33:18, "Now, show me your glory." God responded to the bold request of Moses in the next verses saying, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But, you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live."
God allows each of us a revelation of who He is, but within that, there is a mystery, a seeing through the glass dimly that will one day be revealed when we meet Him in eternity. Through Jesus Christ we have gained a clearer picture of Father, but I believe in our own lives, we have yet to scratch the surface of who God is and with that, the knowledge of what He is capable of doing in and through our lives. I want to share with you a 10 part series, Catching a Glimpse of God, so we, like Moses, can increase our knowledge and understanding of God which will lead us to a higher level of living as we apply the principles the Word of God teaches. In your bulletin I have included the titles for this series and I want to encourage you to plan to be here or if you are on vacation, to get the tapes or the entire series to share with others. The more knowledge you have, the less you can be introduced to the growing number of cults and false religions that are spreading across this land as we come into the new millennium.
Today I want to begin this series with a message entitled, "What happens when we see God?" The text comes from Isaiah 6:1-13 (READ).
Can you draw a visual image of what is taking place. Isaiah, the prophet of God, who has already worked in the role of prophet, having received a vision from God according to chapter one, in the reign of Uzziah, now stands in the throne room of the One who send the vision, the throne room of God. There he sees the back of a robe, the train, so large that it fills the temple, angels flying around the throne, proclaiming "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." loud enough their voices shook the Temple, and smoke filled the room. Have you ever had an experience like this? John did in Revelation chapter one, and history records others who have had similar experiences with God.
In 1922, Smith Wigglesworth was ministering in Wellington, New Zealand and he called for a special prayer meeting with a group of 11 leaders. After each one had prayed, Wigglesworth rose to seek the Lord and the Presence of God began to fill the room. The light from God’s glory became extremely bright, and the heat in the room intense, so much so, the other men could not take it any longer and each one of them left the room, all except Wigglesworth, who was able to continue in the midst of the Shekinah glory of God.
I have a friend who told of the mist of God, his glory coming into the presence of his home as he and his wife communed with God. And the same God who has touched these lives, is the same God who would love to usher each one of us into His presence but we had best know what happens when we see Him.