Luke and The Lost
Think about those times that God’s glory enveloped the room and His power was seen in the actions of others and felt deeply in our hearts. Remember when you knew, without a doubt, you were completely under His sovereignty.
At one of the many youth camps Randy and I directed, there was an evil spirit lurking in everything we did. We fought it all week. There was one young boy, in particular, that seemed to led by evil. You could see evil in his eyes. We specifically prayed for him after all campers went to bed.
On the last night of camp, evil began to lose it’s hold on this young boy. You could see it literally drain from his eyes down to his toes. It happened during worship. I led worship so I could see what was happening as the songs of praise were lifted up. Because he had caused so much trouble in the preceding days, I kept my eye on him (as any good teacher would do) in case he would need assistance from bothering others. God’s glory was taking over. Our prayers were being answered.
This young boy, who wreaked havoc all week, fell to his knees and accepted the Christ he had been working against all week. You could see God’s glory on his face. His countenance was totally changed! His eyes were not dark and foreboding but free and bright. Everyone was rejoicing over this one who met the Savior for the first time.
If that wasn’t enough, God’s glory continued. It had rained during the service with even a bit of thunder and lightning, (which was great, adding to the message of God’s power and mighty love!) We walked out of the worship service and into the misty early evening. The sun was seen on the horizon before ending this day. This young man looked up and was the first to notice the most beautiful rainbow that arched over the campgrounds. “Look, God did that just for us, didn’t He?” Randy and I laughed with tears in our eyes and said, “You bet He did!” “This is just another reason to praise Him!”
What a moment. I’m tearing up just telling you this. That special moment in time of seeing God at work was beautiful. We were deeply aware of His Presence. God’s glory was seen and felt. But we can’t stay at camp…
We can’t build monuments every time we see God at work. The world would full of monuments and pillars if we did. You see, God is ALWAYS at work, all over the world. What we do need to do is pray, be quiet and LISTEN to Him. Know what our part entails and obey.
Luke 9, The Message
Jesus in His Glory
28-31 About eight days after saying this, he climbed the mountain to pray, taking Peter, John, and James along. While he was in prayer, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became blinding white. At once two men were there talking with him. They turned out to be Moses and Elijah—and what a glorious appearance they made! They talked over his exodus, the one Jesus was about to complete in Jerusalem.
32-33 Meanwhile, Peter and those with him were slumped over in sleep. When they came to, rubbing their eyes, they saw Jesus in his glory and the two men standing with him. When Moses and Elijah had left, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, this is a great moment! Let’s build three memorials: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He blurted this out without thinking.
34-35 While he was babbling on like this, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them. As they found themselves buried in the cloud, they became deeply aware of God. Then there was a voice out of the cloud: “This is my Son, the Chosen! Listen to him.”
36 When the sound of the voice died away, they saw Jesus there alone. They were speechless. And they continued speechless, said not one thing to anyone during those days of what they had seen.
Think about it…
Peter, John and James were allowed to follow Jesus up the mountain to pray. The boys were put to sleep while Jesus was encouraged by Moses and Elijah about his final mission in Jerusalem. The disciples awoke and saw Jesus talking with revered saints of tradition. The saw God’s Glory in Jesus. We know Peter’s first reaction was to build a monument. Maybe that’s why he was picked to build the church? ; ) But God enveloped them with a big cloud hug until they became still, deeply aware of His Holy Presence. Finally, they stopped talking and babbling and heard, “This is my Son, the Chosen! Listen to Him.”
Are we babbling too much and not listening to Him?
Are we deeply aware of God’s Holy Presence in our lives?
Dear Heavenly Father, You are God and we are not. Our desire is to listen to You and obey. Make our desires match Your desires, will and purpose. Help us to see You and Your Glory in every good thing today…and say thank you.
In Jesus Name, Amen