The glory of God is the beauty of His spirit. It is not an “normal” beauty or a material beauty, but it is the beauty that comes from His character, from all that He is. James 1:10 calls on a rich man to “glory in his humiliation,” indicating a glory that does not mean riches or power or material beauty. This glory can crown man or fill the earth. It is seen within man through his character and how he acts, but it is not of them; it is of God. The glory of man is the beauty of man’s spirit, which is not perfect and eventually passes away, it is not of God. But the glory of God, which is placed in all His attributes together, never passes away. It is eternal.
This is the mistake many people continue to make: trusting in earthly things, earthly relationships, their own powers or talents or beauty, or the goodness they see in others. But when these things fade and fail as they will inevitably do (being only temporary forms of glory), we get hurt. What we all need to realize is that God’s glory is constant, and as we journey through life we will see it form here and there, in this person or that forest, or in a story of love or heroism, fiction or non-fiction, or our own personal lives. But it all goes back to God in the end. And the only way to God is through His Son, Jesus Christ. We will find the very source of all beauty in Him, in heaven, if we are in Christ. Nothing will be lost to us. All those things that faded in life we will find again in Him.
John 1:14–And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Psalm 8: 1–O LORD, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens.
2 Peter 1: 3– For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).
- What in your life have you put all you had into temporary glory of earthly things? (i.e. friends, adults, relationships, talents, beauty etc)
- Have they lasted? Have they always delivered?
- Why or why not?
- To God for Him to reveal His glory in your life.
- To not be tempted to follow temporary glory of things that will not last.
- That your eyes only look to Him in hope to see Jesus’ glory for what He has done for us on the cross.