There are certain prayers in Scripture that so perfectly capture the cry of one’s heart that they are worth repeating. I often pray “I believe, help my unbelief” because it perfectly communicates both my faith and lack thereof. One such prayer that has been on repeat for me since I read it as a high school student comes from Moses: “Please show me your glory.”
After Moses prayed this prayer, the Lord allowed his glory to pass by and Moses saw a glimpse (Exodus 33). I can’t find words to better express my desire that God would reveal himself in such a way! Oh, that he would pass by while I wait for him in the cleft of the rock!
However, my understanding of this prayer has developed over the years. As a sixteen-year-old, I prayed this prayer longing for God to send fire from heaven like he did with Elijah. I still long for this, but I’ve also learned to see God’s glory revealed through less dramatic circumstances.
The past two weeks my family and I have battled COVID. It started with me then passed through four kids, my wife, and my mother-in-law. I would have loved for the Lord to swoop down and miraculously heal us all, but he decided not to glorify himself in such a way. He did, however, reveal himself and show his glory is ways that, if one wasn’t paying attention, could have easily been missed.
I saw the Lord’s goodness as a Sunday school class provided dinner for us every night for the last week, which is a tremendous blessing when everyone is sick. God revealed his providence through His people as they picked up groceries for us when everyone in the family was quarantined. I saw God’s glory on display through many calls, texts, messages etc. and simply by knowing that people were praying.
It’s easy to overlook ordinary, everyday displays of God’s glory. I see God’s beauty and creativity as I listen to my 6-year-old practice a classical piece on the piano. The Lord reminds me of his love when one of my kids, without being provoked and not because they want something, gives me a hug and says “I love you.” Sometimes, I am simply amazed at the glory of God as I delight in delicious fajitas with chips and salsa.
Don’t get me wrong, I still desire and ask God to show his glory in Red Sea-splitting, fire-from-heaven-type ways, but I will also pay attention to the everyday whispers of his glory that are on display. What are some ways that God is whispering or shouting the goodness of his glory in your life?