Show Me Thy Glory
Paul L. Garlington
 
Why do we insist, “It’s all good”? It is because God is one, the only one, besides whom there is none other, infinite in power, absolute in authority, existing alone. God is good! God is omnipresent. Therefore good must be omnipresent. God only does good. The good that God does endures forever, is eternal, unchangeable, indestructible, and there is no other power that can alter, change or diminish what God has done. The only power at work in the world is God’s power. Every other power is simply an illusion of the ego.

The whole earth IS, yes even now, full of God’s glory. If you believe that the earth is full of anything other than the glory of God, it is because you are full of futile speculation based upon the belief in two powers. Hence, you cannot accept this glorious, present reality. Now, there may be those who get upset with me when I say, in essence, “You are full of it.” But doesn’t it just prove that we would rather have someone agree with us in our misery, than declare to us a liberating word?

The word glory in Hebrew means to be heavy. The picture is one of being wealthy with goods, property, money, etc. In other words, while you may be experiencing in your personal life all kinds of lack, you are doing so while the whole earth is full of His glory. We have so many teachers and preachers who insist that we look to the future for the day when we will enjoy abundance, all the while oblivious to the fact that THE VISION declares the whole earth is full of His glory NOW. As long as we refuse to believe this truth, we must perpetuate the experience of lack in our life. “But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him; that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, ‘Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’” (Jn 12:37,38) Isaiah’s vision was the basis of his report. He is saying emphatically that irrespective of your history of pain and suffering, the report originates in THE VISION of God, and not the vision of man. Hence he says, “I saw the Lord. And when I received this vision, I also KNEW automatically that the whole earth is full of His glory.”

“But what,” you protest, “Do I do if my experience contradicts the report?” The answer is simple. Never believe your experience when it contradicts the report. Now in saying this I am not claiming that I have overcome every appearance to the point that, like Paul, I can say, “None of these things move me.” However I am committed to THE VISION as the only reality. I have 100% intent that, whenever I observe myself being distracted by appearances, I will repent immediately, and return to my rest. What about you? Are you ready to align yourself with God and THE VISION even though your experience contradicts it? Are you ready to say like the Apostle Paul, “Let God be true. Let every manifestation (which comes from man) be a lie”?

It was at a time when Israel was at its lowest ebb; a time when they had so violated the covenant that Moses thought God was just going to kill them all, that Moses had this to say, “I pray Thee, show me Thy glory!” (Ex 33:18) Talk about cutting to the chase right away. Moses is demonstrating that, no matter how critical the situation appeared, one prayer will suffice, “Show me Thy glory!” In every situation, no matter how threatening the appearance may be, learn to pray with joy and with confidence, “Show me Thy glory.” And to this, God’s response is always, “I will make all My goodness pass before you.”

The word goodness ranges from practical, economic or material good, to abstract good. It covers the whole waterfront of so-called human need. When we say, “Show me Thy glory,” and He makes all of His goodness pass before us, the end result is that in what we call this life, we will have an embarrassment of riches, a super abundance of all good things. In other words, seeing God’s glory/goodness wipes out all consciousness of lack. Now I call that living. I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of living with lack of any kind. I don’t want to have to plan for lack, or anticipate my course of action in the event of lack. I believe life was meant to be, and is in fact, a constant ravishment caused by the revelation of the goodness of God. What else could possibly be meant by God causing all of His goodness to pass before us? Are you ready for this?

Inasmuch as so many people define themselves by how effectively they solve problems, living in a world of perfect everything where nothing is going on but good is tantamount to hell for them. Hence, you will have to make a decision as to whether or not you want to drop that old identity like a hot potato, or be consumed by an inferno of your own creation. What do you choose?

What is meant by abstract good? Consider these words: pleasant, beautiful, excellent, lovely, delightful, joyful, fruitful. In other words, seeing God’s goodness everywhere, through every so-called circumstance, is seeing that the whole earth is full of His glory. David said, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Ps 27:13) The heart and core of all depression, disappointment and despair is the belief that we will not see God’s goodness in this lifetime, but in the millennium, or some future age. Sadly, it is the religious community that originated, yea even perpetuates this lie causing many people to, “Lead quiet lives of desperation.” However, there is only one thing that will keep us from despairing, and it is nothing less than seeing (experientially) the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. There is no greater prayer than, “Show me Thy glory.”

If you are believing to see the goodness of the Lord, you are literally saying that whatever is in your life that is obstructing THE VISION, you are prepared to remove that obstruction at any cost and by any means necessary. So here is the daily practicum that ensures the removal of that obstruction, the rending of the veil that obscures the vision, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” (Jn 8:56) We must rejoice in order that we might see. The Philippian jailer, “rejoiced greatly, having [past, completed action] believed.” (Acts 16:34) All those who believe will rejoice. “Though having not seen, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” This is the evidence that we have believed—WE REJOICE. If you want your eyes to see the glory, your believing heart must bear witness to it in rejoicing.

“Surely all the men who have SEEN My glory and My signs, which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.” (Num 14: 22-24)

How did Caleb follow the Lord fully thus resulting in seeing in his lifetime the promised land? The answer is revealed in the Book of Joshua where Caleb said, “I brought word back to him AS IT WAS IN MY HEART.” Obviously Caleb’s faith was based upon THE VISION that he saw with his heart and not the giants which he saw with his eyes.

What does your heart see? What are you confessing with your mouth? What is your prayer? The highest prayer that anyone can pray is, “Lord, show me Thy glory.” To which God, Himself, says, “I will make all of My goodness pass before you.” Have no fear—If with resolute commitment you pray, “Show me Thy glory,” you will, without a shadow of doubt, see the goodness of God while you yet live in the very place you now reside.

And He said, “It is finished, it is done. Let the heavens be glad, let the earth rejoice. The whole earth is full of the goodness of God.”

 
 

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