6 Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt. 7 And in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD; for He hears your complaints against the LORD. But what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the LORD hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD.”
(Exodus 16:6-8, New King James Version)
Thinking ahead to this Christmas season, I thought it would be a good time to write some devotionals on the word, glory, specifically as it applies to God. We are familiar with the angels proclaiming, "Glory to God in the Highest," but what exactly does that mean. I think as we travel through God's Word, we will gain a much better understanding of what the angels were saying.
The first time the word glory appears, referring to God, is in Exodus 16, shown above. It had not been very long since the children of Israel left Egypt, and already they were complaining about hunger. Did they not realize that this God who so miraculously brought them out of Egypt would provide for all of their needs, including food?
We are so like that, are we not? How little does it take to cause us complain? Oh, we are not complaining about the Lord, we would never do that, would we? What, then, is a complaint? When all is said and done, everything we complain about is ultimately a complaint against God. After all, He is the one who orders our circumstances, so he is the one who allowed that person or thing to come into our lives which caused us such grief! That is exactly the point that Moses made when speaking to the children of Israel.
Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD.
If we truly lived every day as though God was standing right beside us (which He is), and if we truly understood that any complaining we did was about Him, how would that change our lives?
These are good questions to ponder, but we are getting a little off our subject. What about the word, glory?
And in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD.
Did that mean they would see a bright and shining light surrounding the Lord? No, rather it meant that they would see the manifestation of God's glory through His ability to literally rain down food for them from heaven!
God manifests His glory to us in so many ways, every day of our lives. Do we see it? Do we really understand that God is showing His glory to us and on our behalf? Unfortunately, we get so busy living our lives that we often forget the basics. Why are we here, anyway?
The Westminster Shorter Catechism answers that question in this way.
What is man's chief end?
Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
Can that really be true? I thought we were here to made a difference in the world? We may, indeed, be used by God to make a difference in this world, but that is not our chief end.
How would our lives be different today is we lived this day as though our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever?
Hmm. Might be worth a try!
God Bless You,