Guest post by: John and Shirley Ray
In part 3 of the Fear of the Lord (July 11, 2021 post) we discussed preparedness for the release of God’s glory. After that post I didn't feel like I had sufficient knowledge or understanding of the glory of God and, so, I’m in the middle of a study into the subject. Can I share my early thoughts?
Why is it so hard to define God’s glory? If God is Spirit, the glory of his nature and character is internal and unknowable to us. Yet the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) and the whole earth is full of His glory (Isaiah 6:3). God has made His internal glory known to us. If glory is a word to describe God’s character, nature, plans and actions how can man possibly describe the glory of God? His love passes knowledge (Ephesians 3:9), His peace is beyond our understanding (Philippians 4:1) and we cannot know where His wisdom comes from (Job 28:20).. As we begin this journey, I have an understanding in my heart that there are many lenses (endless lenses) through which we can examine the glory of God. Father in heaven send Your Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and understanding.
In Psalm 19 we are told that the heavens have a voice declaring God’s glory day and night so we must be able to know God’s glory. Further, Paul tells us that ever since the creation of the world God’s invisible nature and attributes, that is His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernable in and through the things that have been made (creation) (problem solved; Romans 1:20-24).
It is clear to me from these passages that it is God’s desire to reveal His glory to us, to bring us into intimacy with this unimaginable God and finally to be one with Him at the resurrection. Unbelievable love!
One last scriptural lesson. When Moses asked to see God’s glory God said ‘I will show you who I Am’ (Exodus 33:18). So, when we pursue God’s glory, God will show us who He is and will do more than engage our minds in knowledge of Him, He will also engage our hearts to have affection for Him.
How does God manifest His glory? In creation, in the scriptures, in His provision for us and, greatest of all, in redemption. There must be many other lenses because His glory is inexhaustible but let’s start here and ask God to show us more of His glory.
John and Shirley Ray have been married for 44 years have two children, a son-in-law and a granddaughter. They have both retired from careers in science. John’s career ended as Principal Scientist in health and Shirley spent time in education and University management. They became Christians in their early thirties and spent most of their early journey of faith in the Sydney Anglican Diocese. They led small groups, participated in evangelism and Shirley continues her work in women’s prisons ministry. In 2010 John and Shirley visited the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (U.S.A.) during the awakening that was occurring at the time. This was a time of substantial transformation with personal encounters with Jesus, visions, dreams, release of spiritual gifts and prophetic direction. John and Shirley were called into the global prayer movement (Malachi 1:11) and in much of this blog they share the many lessons God has taught them over the last nine years. They continue as intercessors, watchman and forerunners as they have been called by God and have a prayer room in their home. They are the authors of the Watchmen, Intercessor, Forerunner blog.