Have you seen the glory?

Isaiah 6:3 “The whole earth is full of his glory.”

What is glory?  One definition I’ve heard that has helped me to understand the term is that “glory” is “a manifestation of the greatness of God.”  The Seraphim that Isaiah saw and spoke of in Isaiah 6 said that the whole earth is full of God’s glory. It is full of manifestations of how great He is.  Yet, some, though they live every day on this same earth, don’t recognize God’s glory at all.  Some don’t even believe there is a God in spite of the fact that the Bible says the whole earth manifests Him to us.  

In studying the Scriptures, there are many places where people glorified God, i.e., ascribed glory to him, basically repeating what the angelic hosts spoke of in Isaiah 6.  In many cases it was when a very “normal” condition was restored in a person’s life.  For example, it is a very normal thing for people to walk. Most people can do it and don’t think much of it. However, when a lame man who has been paralyzed since birth suddenly walked because Jesus healed him, people glorified God.  The same for a blind person that was given sight, or when a dumb person was given speech (Matthew 15:31).  What a glorious thing it is to see, or hear, or walk.  Those who have had such abilities restored, or given, will testify to this.  And these things are all gifts from a loving God that the majority of people who have ever lived on this planet have been given, but which many just take for granted and give little thought to.  

Even more glorious, however, is when a person is given the spiritual equivalent of these things when he or she is given the gift of eternal life.  Any person with spiritual life was once spiritually dead, and as a result they were also spiritually blind, deaf, lame, and dumb.  In their natural condition, they couldn’t perceive true spiritual things in any way, and they couldn’t express their perceptions, because they didn’t have any.  But when God’s glory is bestowed on them, everything “becomes new” (2 Corinthians 5:7).  I’ve heard it expressed by one believer in this way: “All at once the grass was greener, the sky was bluer – everything looked different to me.”  Others have expressed a sudden hunger for the Bible, a desire to pray, and an awareness of the glory of God all around them, accompanied by a great thankfulness for the many gifts of God in their life.  

So, does this all sound strange to you?  If so, God gave Jesus to this earth to die for you to pay the penalty for your sins, so that you could be given life.  This is the single greatest demonstration of the glory of God: “that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  Do you want to see God’s glory?   He wants to open your eyes and He is able.  However, first you must really want this. You must realize you don’t have it and want to be healed.  As Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous (i.e., those who think they see), but sinners (i.e., those who recognize they are spiritually blind and want his healing touch)” (Matthew 2:17).

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