As I’m slowly reading through Meditation and Discourses on the Glory of Christ, John Owen has a very profound point regarding God’s glory:
“Moses, when he had seen the works of God, which were great and marvelous, yet found not himself satisfied therewith; wherefore, after all, he prays that God “would show him his glory”, Exod. xxxiii. 18. He knew that the ultimate rest, blessedness, and satisfaction of the soul, is not in seeing the works of God, but the glory of God himself. Therefore did he desire some immediate dawnings of it upon him in this world: ‘I beseech thee, show me thy glory.’” (Page 28)
We normally greatly desire to see God in action, while not truly focusing on God Himself. If God would only do … Moses had seen some of God’s greatest works in this earth, but that did not satisfy him. Actually, it was only a “means” to the ultimate “end”–the glory of God Himself. What about us? Are we more focused on what God can do for us, or are we truly focused on God Himself? Lord, help us to truly focus on who you are!
Author of “An Unfathomable Gift!“