Be still in my presence.
Wait for the revealing of my glory. There are many secrets and treasures I desire to impart to you.
Behold my glory.
These are the words I heard the Lord tenderly speak to my spirit as I prayerfully and worshipfully approached His throne to inquire what was on His heart.
I never want to be presumptuous in assuming I already know exactly what each month’s blog post will be about. Nor do I ever want to be overly confident that I neglect to simply take time to seek God on what He wants me to say specifically each time. As I write this blog entry, it is February 28, 2018. No, I did not make my deadline this month to post on the third Saturday. Instead, I’ve been resting and recovering as I needed to give special attention to my health. So, here I am, on the very last day of this month, now releasing this blog entry. But boy oh boy, it has been worth the wait.
Sometimes we just need to stop, be still, and behold. Glory is calling. That is, the presence of God is inviting us to just BE!
Psalm 46:10 (NIV) states: “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”
James 4:8a (NIV) declares: “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
There is such beauty and power to behold when we experience the glory of God. In fact, each encounter brings a new revelation and greater understanding of who God is; His nature, His character. It’s almost like learning something new about the Father every time we are with Him.
I’m afraid that the biggest deterrent to beholding His glory is our inability to daily abandon everyone and anything that prevents us from being with Him. I do not use the word abandon figuratively here, but literally. There will be times that we will all have to make a choice to intentionally abandon the lesser things of life in order to receive the greater – especially, God’s greater glory.
In order to behold glory, we have to quiet our spirit, soul, and body – just long enough to be still and know Him, to behold Him exalted in all of His glory. He is constantly inviting us to draw near, to come close.
How can we do this? Well, it starts with the power of one decision. Each day, week, month, year…you get the picture. I want you to think about one thing you can do every day that puts you in a posture to behold glory. Now think about one thing you can do every week, and so on and so forth.
For example it might look like:
Every day Spend quiet time in worship for 30 minutes
Every week Go for a walk alone to just listen to God
Every month Drive to the beach/mountains to be with God
Every quarter Spend a weekend in meditation
Every year Attend a silence and serenity retreat
This is just to give you an idea, but of course your details would be reflective of your personality and relationship with God. The point is, we must each answer the call to our spirit man that yearns and craves to behold God’s glory.
I am reminded of Moses and how he had to abandon the people in order to go up into the mountains to experience the glory of God. We too must stop and bee still in order to behold. Glory encounters require our ability to access God’s presence.
Don’t underestimate the power of one thing you can do consistently in its proper frequency to abandon all in pursuit of God’s glory. My prayer today for you and me is that we will all assume the postures of life that position us for beholding glory. Why? Because glory is calling.