Topic: His Power And His Glory
SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 5:17
“Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”
Oftentimes, the power of God is synonymously used in Scripture with the presence of God and the glory of God, but they don’t mean precisely the same thing. For example, when the Lord asked Moses to talk to the rock, God wanted His glory to be manifested. Moses, however, struck the rock. When he did, the power of God was manifested, but the glory of God wasn’t, and God reprimanded Moses; He said, “Moses, you didn’t glorify me before the people” (Numbers 20:11-12).
Though God’s power was manifested, and water came out of the rock, God’s glory wasn’t there because Moses acted in disobedience. God always wants us to manifest His power and His glory. The glory is greater than the power, because the glory includes God’s power, grace, and righteousness. The glory of God is the term that encapsulates all of His splendour and His righteousness. God manifests His righteousness in His glory.
For those who wonder, “Is it possible for the power of God to be manifested, and His presence and glory are not manifested?” The answer is yes, because His power is given to us to use. In 1 Corinthians 9:18, the Apostle Paul talked about not wanting to abuse his authority in the Gospel. Someone can misuse the power of God, but you can never misuse the glory of God. That’s where the difference is. And God always wants us to walk in His glory.
It’s like walking in the grace of God and not necessarily walking in the righteousness of God. One can walk and partake of His grace and be doing the wrong thing, but God isn’t going to be happy with that. He’d reprimand such a fellow and expect him or her to repent. To walk in God’s power and His glory, you have to walk in His grace and in His righteousness as well; they all go together.
Psalm 63:1-2; Isaiah 60:1
Blessed Father, I thank you for your glory in my life, and the power of the Holy Spirit that’s working in, and through me! I experience your glory in increased measure as I walk in your grace and in righteousness today, and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
One Year Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 15:1-34, Proverbs 5-7
Two Year Bible Reading
1 Thessalonians 2:1-9, Jeremiah 17
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