TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, March 19, 2020:
Exalted honor, splendor; radiance; majestic beauty; adoring praise; worshipful thanksgiving.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We have many references in the Bible about the Glory of God. In John 1:14 it reads that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten Son of God. This verse reminds us of the account when God sent His Son to this earth. Jesus is the Word and he became flesh to live among us and all that lived at that time and believed in Him beheld His glory.
And then in Matthew 24:30 we read about the day that Jesus will return to this earth and it reads that we will see Him, the Son of man, coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
The best definition we have concerning this glory is exalted honor, majestic beauty, splendor and radiance. These words do not begin to even define the glory of God. God’s glory is beyond description and above anything the human mind can conceive. God’s glory is the infinite beauty and greatness of God’s holiness.
When Jesus came to earth as a baby in a manger, He came veiled in human flesh. When Jesus returns to set up His kingdom on earth, He will come in all of His heavenly glory and to Him every knee will bow Isaiah 45:23. God’s glory is so awesome in its splendor that it demands honor, reverence, adoration and worship.
Many years ago, God put His hand on Israel and gave Israel His blessing. All they had to do was to keep their eyes on God and live for Him and serve Him with all of their hearts. They failed many times but God still loved them.
After their exodus from Egypt, God instructed Moses to build the Tabernacle as a place for worship. In Exodus 40:34 we read, “and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. His glory was an ever-present reminder that God was with them.”
In Judges 2:10 we read that a new generation arose which forgot their relationship with God. In Judges 9, Abimelech, an ungodly man, seized power in Israel through violence and deceit and led the nation straight into judgement. This came right after God honored Israel and its general, Gideon, by giving them a great victory over the enemy Midianites. The Bible tells us that as soon as Gideon died, the Israelites forgot God and all His glory. They not only did not give God the glory for the victory He gave them but they chased after other gods.
God made it clear to the Israelites that if God’s glory was going to shine on them again, they must first become an obedient and thankful people.
As you read these accounts from the scriptures, stop and look at what is happening today in America. America has turned away from God. For God’s glory to return to our country we must have a mass return of our people to God. God works through His people. Who does He have to work through today? Where are all the committed believers? Most are sitting on their couches with little concern that our world has fallen away from God. Where do you stand?
Our memory verse for this week is found in Colossians 2:6.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk in Him.
Help my family to remember that all that is necessary for evil to triumph in our world is for believers like us to do nothing. Give us a new determination to serve You and to reach out to the world around us to share the good news of the gospel. May the glory of our Lord shine brightly through us today.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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