Holding Forth The Word Of Life.
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Must the glory of God be diminished?
It was not always so. During the history of mankind, the glory of God was revealed from time to time, in its splendour. Ezekiel, the prophet of God, saw it, and so did others of the old-time saints to whom God revealed Himself. Note Ezekiel's testimony: "Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face" (Ezekiel 3:23).
When folks like the prophet Ezekiel came face to face with The Glory, they were not left with any question as to where they belonged. Ezekiel fell on his face in humility and with a feeling of utter fear and awe.
The Glory was real, and a mortal man in coming face to face with it, was confronted with a defining truth about God which he could not escape. God is glorious in the highest sense of the word, and is without equal in time and eternity. He will not be reduced by any human imagination.
In our post-modern culture, we are badly in need of a renewed understanding of God's Glory. Seeking fulfilment in materialism has proven to be a failure. No one who truly is honest with themselves can say that accumulating earthly treasures has met their innermost needs. But unfortunately, too often when people turn to faith, they find it empty as well.
What is missing?
Thoughtful Christians will reflect on the fact that there is a connection between our concept of God, and our ability to truly find Him.
It is for this reason that I view in alarm at the way in which God is being portrayed by some contemporary authors. Truly God is outside of our ability to define. But for this reason, we allow our words to fail because of our inability to reach the lofty majesty of his Glory! We don't reduce God to our ability to define with words.
We do ourselves a great disfavour to entertain in our imagination a God who has been reduced to the level of mortal man, such as a benevolent grandfatherly figure, or a perhaps a matronly feminine "deity" as found in the allegorical book, "The Shack".
Must the Glory of God be diminished?
Thank God, no.
Let the reverence of the words of Scripture as recorded in the book of Jude direct your mind toward God.
"To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." (Jude 1:25).
God is truly glorious.
He will be nothing less, but unfortunately, we are the losers if we insist on viewing Him as less that He really is.
- Mervin Brubacher,
A Fading Glory