Come to the Glory
I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory (Isaiah 66:18, New King James Version).
Scripture: Isaiah 66:18–20
Song: “To God Be the Glory”
The church bulletin read: “Come to the service tonight, and experience the glory of God.” It sounded interesting. Being a new Christian, I wasn’t sure what the glory of God was, so I decided to attend and find out. I half expected to see a pillar of fire or someone turning water into wine. Instead, I saw people kneeling at the altar or lying prostrate on the floor, their faces buried in the carpet. Some were silent; others cried softly. Most of the people just sat in their pews, eyes closed, with smiles on their faces. It didn’t take me long to drop my preconceived ideas and move toward the altar.
Sometimes the glory of God comes as an outward manifestation, expressing itself in a visible sign or wonder. Other times it is inward, like a still small voice whispering that God is worthy.
We can see God’s glory in His judgments or in His great mercy. Either way, it beckons us to watch in awe and then draw closer. One day, all people will experience His glory . . . but there’s no penalty for starting early.
O Lord, from the first day of creation to now, Your glory remains in plain view. Each day, Your glorious presence draws me closer, and I fall deeper in love with You. In the blessed name of Jesus, I give You thanks. Amen.
“Come to the Glory” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2009 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.