- Religion and Philosophy
Seeking for the Glory of the Lord
The Glory of the Lord
“Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire , and high above the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as it is full of fire, and that from there he looked like fire and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedownand I heard the voice of one speaking.”
Ezekiel saw the glory of the Lord and he fell facedown. The Lord God revealed to Ezekiel His glory.
The glory of the Lord could also represent the manifest presenceof the Lord.One may experience the glory of the Lordeven without experiencing vision of Him.When one experience the glory of the Lord, there is an overwhelming deep peace and unspeakable joy one may experience. And a great transformation will happen to the life of that person who experience the glory of the Lord. He will never be the same person again.He will be completely humbled and will be stripped off of all his pride. He will start living for God and he will forsake all his selfish ambitions.
But not many professing Christians are experiencing the glory of God in their lives. Seemingly they are satisfied with just going into the flow of the crowd. When we attend the worship sevices or when we read our Bibles, are we satisfied in doing it just for the sake of doing it ? When we do not experience the glory of Godin our worship, prayer and devotion , our lives will remain unchanged. Unless we experience the glory of God our lives will not be completely transformed. When prophet Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord, his heart was cut and his life was transformed from mediocrity into the life of servanthood. When Jesus revealed his glory to Peter during the miraculous catch of fish, Peter’s heart was cut and his life was transformed from mediocrity into servanthood.We should not settle for anything less than the glory of the Lord.
We should not attend church worship services, do prayer and Bible study reading s just for the sake of fulfilling our obligations. WE must fulfill these things always with a thirsty and seeking heart. As it is written in Jeremiah 29:13 ; “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” We should learn to seek God with all our hearts, our soul, our mind and our strength. We should not be satisfied until we experience the glory of God. Many professing Christians today are just going into the motion. Sunday after Sunday they visit churches, but their lives remain unchanged. They remain in following their selfish desires and ambitions. They continue to live in covetousness, lusts, envy, hatred, discord, self-centeredness, worldliness. Because they do not experience the glory of God in the worship services they are attending.
We must go beyond religion and rituals. We must go beyond head knowledge Christianity. We must go beyond our carnalities.We must go beyond popular Christianity. It is time to seek for the deeper life where God’s glory abounds.