Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-25
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
Moses longed to see God’s glory — “Please show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18). God knew Moses could not handle seeing His glory; so He said to him — “Behold, there is a place by Me where you shall stand on the rock, and while My glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen” (Exodus 33:21-23). It wasn’t until Moses arrived in heaven that he was able to look full on at the glory of God.
Paul is reminding us how incredibly spectacular God’s glory is — “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Whatever suffering we must endure on this earth pales to nothing when God’s glory is revealed to us. What Moses longed to see, we will see — face to face — “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face” (I Corinthians 13:12).
When Jesus prayed to His Father on the night in which He was betrayed, one of His requests was related to His glory — “Father, I desire that they also whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, TO SEE MY GLORY that you have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). Jesus desires for us to be with Him and to see His glory, and one day we will be with Him and we will see His glory!
John was given a glimpse of the glory of Christ when he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos (Revelation 1:12-16). When he saw this vision, He was overtaken by it — “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying, ‘Fear not, for I am the first and the last, and the living One. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore” (Revelation 1:17,18).
One day we too will fall at the feet of Christ when we behold His glory. But He will put His right hand on us and say, “Fear not!” I long for the day when I will be with Jesus and will behold His glory.
Lord Jesus, I cannot imagine how magnificent Your glory is. I long to see it. I long to see You face to face. I know that I will be in awe of You. Like Moses, I long to see Your glory. Whatever difficulties and suffering I endure on this earth mean nothing to what I will behold one day when I see You in all Your glory. Thank You for desiring me to be with You and to see Your glory. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
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