Show Me Your Glory

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Exodus 33:12-23

Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” (v. 18)

In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis compares our religious observance to paying taxes. We dutifully sign the check but sincerely hope there will be something left for us when it’s all over. For much of Exodus, Moses dutifully and self-sacrificially obeys the Lord. But eventually he wonders whether there will be anything specifically for him. It makes sense. Moses has given up everything for this unseen God, bears the cost and responsibility of leadership, and receives none of the privileges. When the Lord asks what Moses has in mind, Moses says, “Show me your glory.” Of course, this is the one request the Lord cannot grant. No human being can look God in the face and live (v. 20).

Yet don’t we too want just a glimpse of the mysterious force who governs the universe and guides our lives? We too want the privilege of a personal connection with the divine. God could not fully grant Moses his request, but God has given us “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6; cf. 3:18). In Jesus, God gives himself a face and a name. The apostle John testifies, “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV). The God who was once unknowable and unseeable has now fully revealed himself in Jesus Christ. —Ben Van Arragon

As you pray, experience God’s glory and grace in Jesus Christ.