The dawn had not yet arrived though it was getting lighter, signaling that dawn wasn’t far away. Suddenly, a shining, beautiful, golden glow filled the sky to the east. It was as if a fire had exploded on the horizon and its flames lit up the sky. It was spectacular to say the least. I stood in amazement of the beauty that was before me. What a way to begin a new day. Now the children of Israel knew this heavenly glow too. It says in Exodus 24:17 “The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.” They were face to face with the glory of the Lord, not just a sunrise. He included His children in the awesome display of His presence/ His glory.
As I stood and admired the beauty of the coming dawn, I thought about the glory of God. Israel was treated to a firsthand view of Gods fiery glory as He began to teach them who He is. God is spectacular! His glory/His presence, is mighty, powerful, strong, captivating and beautiful. Some lowly shepherds were blessed to see the glory of the Lord as they tended their sheep near Bethlehem. In Luke 2, we find the story of shepherds being told about the birth of the Savior. Verse 9 is: “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.” In the dark of night, against a backdrop of stars, the shepherds saw the glory of God light up the world. Well, it would have looked like the world was lit up to the shepherds. God had something important to tell and what better way to get our attention than for His presence, His glory, to fill the earth?
The glory of God is overwhelming. The Israelites thought so. They didn’t want to go into God’s presence at all. They sent Moses instead. But God wants to share Himself with His ‘kids’. So, He gives us a taste of His magnificence, His glory, in the sunrise or sunset or in a waterfall or a field of flowers. It’s His way of preparing us to know His ‘awe’ so we don’t turn away when we encounter Him. And if we desire Him, we will certainly encounter His presence!
God is making His presence known to man more and more. Our world is full of stories where the Lord’s presence plays a starring role. Some day He will be the only light we’ll need. In Revelation 21:23 we’re told: “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.” Today, my morning was ‘lit up’ by the glory of the sun in the eastern sky. But, I’m looking forward to the real thing. The time when the Lord’s glory is so bright that I’m blinded to anything else on earth. How about you?