I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you.
A Glimpse of God’s Glory
God places his servant in the cleft of a rock, telling Moses: “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live… I… will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen” (Exodus 33:20, 22–23).
And so Moses, cowering beneath the umbrella of God’s palm, waits, surely with face bowed, eyes covered, and pulse racing, until God gives the signal. When the hand lifts, Moses’ eyes do the same and catch a distant, disappearing glance of the back parts of God. The heart and center of the Maker is too much for Moses to bear. A fading glimpse will have to do. I’m seeing the long gray hair of Moses wind-whipped forward and his leathery hand grabbing a rock in the wall lest he fall. And as the gust settles and his locks rest again on his shoulders, we see the impact. His face. Gleaming. Bright as if backlit by a thousand torches. Unknown to Moses, but undeniable to the Hebrews, is his shimmering face. When he descended the mountain, “the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face” (2 Corinthians 3:7).
Witnesses saw not anger in his jaw, or worry in his eyes, or a scowl on his lips; they saw God’s glory in his face.
Did he have reason for anger? Cause for worry? Of course. Challenges await him. A desert and forty years of great challenges. But now, having seen God’s face, he can face them…
You and I need what Moses needed—a glimpse of God’s glory.
[It’s Not About Me]
You are glorious and mighty in all you do. Sunsets preview your glory. Newborn babies prove your tenderness. The kindness of the Savior demonstrates your power. Thank you, Lord, for these glimpses of your glory,
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory.
We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
~ Max Lucado ~