Moses was able to experience God is ways that most people will never have the opportunity. As I read through Exodus this morning, I was struck by Ex 33:18 when Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” The Lord instructs Moses what He will do so that Moses can “see” Him.
While Moses desired to see something more physical from God, what about me? Do I want to see God’s glory?
Moses had just encountered God on Mount Sinai when the Lord heard celebration going on down below. He instructed Moses to go check on the people. When Moses arrived, the people had built the Golden Calf.
Imagine being in Moses’ place. Having just heard and experienced God’s instruction, you see the people have abandoned all that they have been instructed to do. Moses was angry, especially at his brother, Aaron. Moses once again interceded on the behalf of the Israelites. The Lord replied, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”
It is at this point that Moses asked to see God’s glory.
Almost four years ago, when I left Donetsk I read a great book. If you read this blog, you know that I am referring to The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan. One chapter is entitled, “Be more concerned for God’s Glory than for your relief.”
Oftentimes, we ask the wrong questions when in the midst of conflict or troubles. Some questions may be, “How did I get into this mess?” “How quickly can I solve this problem?” “Why did this have to happen to me?”
As the author of the book states, these are natural questions that come to mind in the midst of the heartache. Yet, he proposes asking a different question, “How can God be glorified in this situation?”
I’ve had to do this a few times in the last four years.
Finding myself “displaced” from my home, my friends and my surroundings in Donetsk, I wound up in Kyiv living with colleagues for a few months. I am so thankful for friends who took me in, and I know that God was glorified in their willingness to open their home.
Then, as the decision was made for me to move to Dnipro, again, I asked, “How can God be glorified in this situation?” And He has been! He provided many new friends who loved and accepted with me with open arms.
Finally, in The Red Sea Rules, Morgan states that “God doesn’t waste suffering. If He leads us into impossible spots, He will deliver us in His own time, in His own way, and for His name’s sake.” I can state that I believe this 100% after having to go through a cancer diagnosis and then treatment.
I saw God’s hand and love through every step of the way. I pray that I have been a good witness through it all. I have seen God’s glory through this struggle.
Since God allowed me to return to Ukraine, I have seen God’s glory in many ways. Through a wonderful conversation with a woman with stage 4 cancer, who has since died, I remember vividly speaking with her to encourage her and I left being the one encouraged. Meeting with a brother in Christ who is enduring his second round with cancer, and how he continues to share the Love of Christ with those he meets.
This past Sunday I preached in a Dnipro church. I shared my testimony. Afterwards, a middle-aged woman shared that she had breast cancer 8 years ago and had been cancer free until that week when she received news that she had stomach cancer. My heart sank as I heard the news. Yet, throughout our conversation, she was positive and, it was apparent, that God was with her. God’s glory was evident.
Through my recent experiences, I know that God has a plan, even if the situation seems dire. I hold on to that hope, knowing that I need to seek God’s glory in and through the circumstances. So, no matter what may be before me, I can ask, “How can God be glorified in the situation I am facing?”