And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. Exodus 33:18
Moses prayed and pleaded with God to show him His glory. At this time Moses had already seen the fulfilment of God’s promise to deliver Israel from the Egyptians. He had already seen the power of God demonstrated and He had experienced the presence of God so much so that He had received the assurance from God that His presence would go with him. However Moses wanted more, so much more that He pleaded with God to show him His glory.
God’s glory is all that God is, His person, not just His promise, presence or power but the complete essence of His divine being. Moses was asking to know God in the most intimate way possible. He was not satisfied with anything less, and all of us as Christians should have this same deep yearning to know God in the most intimate way possible. Paul also prayed to know Him (Philippians 2:10), giving up everything he had to know God. Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory. So the more you know Jesus the brighter God’s glory looks on you.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Our faces are unveiled because Jesus Christ took the veil away so we can see clearly the glory of the Lord. As we see His glory something great happens to us by the Holy Spirit – We are transformed, permanently changed into the Lord’s image, that is an exact likeness and replica of our Lord here on earth. Wow! Wow! Wow! So the more you look intently at the glory of the Lord, the more you look just like Him.
Kenneth Copeland said, “The Word of God is like a mirror. When you read, study, meditate on, and confess it, the reality and magnitude of what Jesus has done for you and who you are in Him, will begin to radically change you from the inside out. You will be changed from glory to glory into the image of the LORD.”
You see when Moses beheld God’s glory, it changed him temporarily such that the children of Israel could not look intently at his face because of the brightness of the glory on Him. It had such a dramatic effect on him and it does on us too. It’s brightness should shine so much in every place that we step into that it affects everything and everyone around us for good. God’s glory should distinguish us and set us apart and it gets even better because in Christ Jesus that which was temporary has become permanent. It is so much more glorious that the bible says in 2 Cor 3:11, “For if that which fades was glorious, that which remains is much more glorious.”
So shine brightly today and continue to seek God’s glory by looking intently into the mirror which is the word of God. You are being changed from glory to glory into the exact image of God.