Recently I’ve been watching a sermon series called “Jesus is the Glory of God” by Judah Smith, Senior Pastor of the City Church. As I was watching, God hit me with this profound statement: Those that seek God’s hand will only see His power, but those that seek God’s face will see His glory.
The children of Israel were only concerned with what God could do for them and weren’t concerned in having a relationship with Him. Therefore, they only saw God’s power, acts, and were given the Ten Commandments. Moses, on the other hand, wasn’t satisfied with just God’s power, acts, and presence, he knew there was more. He wanted to see God’s glory. He wanted that intimacy with God. So many times we get caught up with the power of God and we lose sight of Him and the desire to want to know more, to grow deeper in our love for Him, and to see His glory. The crowds that followed Jesus were only allowed to see and experience the miracles, but the disciples gave up everything they had, paid the price, and sought after more of Jesus thus they were revealed the glory of God.
David mentions many times how he just wants to seek God’s face (See 1 Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 24:6, Psalm 105:4, Psalm 27:8). In fact in Psalm 27:4, David says the one thing that he asks of the Lord and what he seeks is that he would be able to gaze upon the face of God. The verse we all know so well, 2 Chronicles 7:14, says that if God’s people would seek His face then God will hear from Heaven and heal our land. If we really want true healing in our life, in our jobs, in our families, in our country, then we need to stop seeking after God’s hand, his power, the things of the world He could bless us with and start seeking His face, hunger and thirst for His glory. Jesus said it this way “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (See Matthew 6:33). The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of God’s person (See Hebrews 1:1-4). In other words, if we have Jesus, the glory of God, we have everything we ever need. There’s no more looking, no more searching, no more seeking after anything else. Jesus is more than enough (See Ephesians 3:14-19). Judah Smith said “The Bible culminates that Jesus is more than enough, and if you have Jesus you have everything you need.”
Paul ends with this statement in 2 Corinthians 3 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” In other words, Jesus came to reveal to us the glory of God and we are being changed into that same essence through the Spirit. Behold Jesus and you will be transformed. Our life should not pass by from time to time, place to place, season to season, job to job, or person to person, but from glory to glory.
The scariest verse in the Bible is when the people come up to Jesus and tell Him how they have done so many amazing miracles, signs, and wonders and Jesus tells them “depart from Me, I never knew you” (See Matthew 7:21-23). They were so wrapped up in seeking after God’s power that they missed out on seeking after God’s face, seeing His glory, and having a personal relationship with Jesus.
So do you serve a vending machine God? Are you only concerned with seeing God’s power move in your life? Or do you want something more? Are you seeking God’s face? Are you seeing His glory? Are you peering at Jesus? Because there, and only there, is where you will find all that you will ever need and much more.