The Word: Sustains – Day 27

Seven Wonders of the Word

“Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all the people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” – Isaiah 40:5

What first comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “the glory of the Lord?”

Honestly, I struggle with this a little.

Years ago I would hear the word “glory” and the context in which it is used, as in the glory of the Lord, and my thoughts turned to the epic!  Something large, grand, a full blown phenomenon, that would be the glory of the Lord.  I know that works of art, music and the architecture of churches and grand cathedrals was meant to evoke the glory of the Lord and that rational buys into the epic-ness of God’s glory.

Sun beam, check; clouds, check; mountains, check... Must be the glory of the Lord!

Go and Google “glory of the Lord” and do an image search, you will get lots of pictures of clouds and the sun shining through clouds in those epic pictures!  You will find gold and images of nature and of strength.

While I have been dually inspired by epic, and I can see where the glory of the Lord can and often does have that awesome nature to it,  as I grow older, I think I also see the glory of the Lord shown in much more mundane circumstances.

Take a look at Jesus, he is the fullness of the glory of God, yet this Savior was born in a manger, grew up in a normal working class household, lived and worked among the well to do and the run of the mill and even the dregs of society and finally died on a plain old wooden cross.  In most ways not very epic like at all.

The glory of the Lord in my experience is found where God meets us in our daily life. It is in those small moments when we get to see the Kingdom of God break into the upside down world in which we live. When the poor are treated with respect, when the widow and the orphan are cared for, when we are for the neighbor, what Christ is for us.

Glory of the Lord? Anyone... Anyone...

I think if we miss the glory of the Lord it is because we are looking up, we are looking for fireworks and epicness, when in fact it is most likely found by looking around to see what God is up to in your life and in the lives of those around you.

Take a look around you can you see the glory of the Lord?  Where is God calling you today to love as you have first been loved?  If you can see that, you see the glory of the Lord.


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