"And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory" (Exodus 33:18)
When Moses saw the glory of God he begged that he might see more. When God revealed to him that he had found grace, he wanted more grace. Remember this: The man that has the most of God is the man who is seeking the most ardently for more of God.
I have been greatly and deeply concerned that you and I do something more than listen, that we dare to go to God like the Lady Julian and dare to ask Him to give us a faithful, fatherly wound - maybe three of them, if you please: to wound us with a sense of our own sinful unworthiness that we'll never quite get over; to wound us with the sufferings of the world and the sorrows of the Church; and then to wound us with the longing after God, a thirst, a scared thirst and longing that will carry us on toward perfection.
Almost every day of my life I am praying that "a jubilant pining and longing for God" might come back on the evangelical churches. We don't need to have our doctrine straightened out; we're as orthodox as the Pharisees of old. But this longing for God that brings spiritual torrents and whirlwinds of seeking and self denial - this is almost gone from our midst.
Lord, I pray that You will bring about a renewed, intense longing for You in my heart. Begin the work in my own heart, and let it spread also to all of Your Church! Amen
Daily Glimpses of His Glory
"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear; neither hath the eyes seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him" (Isiah 64:4)
Every emotion has its reaction and every pleasurable experience will dim after a while. The human organism is built that way and there is nothing we can do about it. It is well known that the second year of marriage is often the most critical, for then the first excitement has worn off the relationship and the young couple has not had time to acquire a new set of common interests and to learn to accept a more stable if less emotional kind of life.
Only engrossment with God can maintain perpetual spiritual enthusiasm because only God can supply everlasting novelty. In God every moment is new and nothing ever gets old. Of things religious we may become tired; even pray may weary us; but God never. He can show a new aspect of His glory to us each day for all the days of eternity and still we shall have but begun to explore the depths of the riches of His infinite being.
The sum of all this is that nothing can preserve the sweet savor of our first experience except to be preoccupied with God Himself. Our little glass is sure to run dry unless we keep it replenished from the fountain.
Lord, every day there is indeed some new glimpse of Your glory. May I enter the day today with a holy anticipation! Amen
~A. W. Tozer~