I was listening to a message called, ” The Guarded Heart,” a teaching by Beth Moore.
I love how when I listen to messages, that God shares another one with my heart completely.
It was based on Exodus 33: 18-19
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
19 And the LORD said, “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. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
” God’s glory and goodness are inseparable. You will never live to the glory of God without seeing the goodness of God. It can’t happen.” – Beth Moore
I have a tendency to zone her out when I am in deep thought when I try to really “take in” what she’s talking about.
And how it relates to my little world.
God’s glory and goodness is something that we need to know in our hearts, that they do indeed intertwine, that He doesn’t leave us out for dead for vultures to defile our flesh, that He picks us up off the ground in the valleys we are in, and walks ahead of us to make sure the terrain is okay to step on.
I was talking to a friend through email this week, and we were talking a little bit about our past.
It is NEVER easy to talk fully about our past if it was a rough one, but we do it to “get it out there”…
to keep it out of “hiding”, but once its out there, its so easy to feel “vulnerable” to it. It’s like suddenly it becomes
a huge “monster” in front of us, and we find ourselves hiding from it. We wish we never let it loose.
But what if we concentrated more on ” Show me your glory!” as Moses spoke to God, and thought about how it does indeed relate to our own lives. What if the things we’ve been through up to this point, what if the things we are at a loss in knowing how to handle, what if we have just given up…we are then down on our knees pleading for Him to show us His glory…
and we don’t even know that’s what we are doing…
Show me how amazing you are Lord, Show me how big you are…I am sure you’ve said something like that in prayer time before. We ask for it all the time…we never SEE God because as it says in the scripture,
” You cannot see my face, for no man can see my face and live.”
I think reading into that particular response by God…He’s saying, ” You have no idea how big I am, but let me show you what I know YOU will be able to handle.”
I think that I would like to start adding to my prayer life, ” Lord, show me your glory, and your goodness…”
I think just remembering that our fear of God, also comes in knowing His love for us can overtake everything
can make a huge difference in our prayer life, and in our lives daily.
I could sit and analyze all day what mental or emotional issue I may have, but figuring me out does NOTHING for reaching to know God’s glory and goodness…it becomes about me, and what I have problems with, and how I FEEL and what this makes me think…
I don’t want the focus on me. I can’t do anything for myself knowing more about me.
But God can do anything in me, in knowing more about Him.