God is glorified in our suffering, yes. But He is also glorified in the good. Through joy, hope, wonder.
“I will cause all of My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim My name, the LORD, in your presence.” -Exodus 33:19
He causes all His goodness to pass in front. On purpose. Intentionally and specifically. I swipe my fingers over the thin pages of Exodus over until I reach 2 Peter, find what I’m looking for, and peer in the page:
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. -2 Peter 1:3
Glory and goodness go together. Appear together in the same breath.
I am learning to grow with God is to grow in goodness, that goodness makes way for glory.
Nine months ago, did I know what this was? Nine minutes ago, I didn’t know.
In the confusion and reset and health mountains, adjustments, so much newness. I have never fully experienced His goodness as an intentional set up for the display of His glory.
But this is what God calls us to. What He invites me to experience. Abounding goodness, displayed for His glory.
Back to Genesis, to look closer at Moses and His friendship with God. Moses isn’t satisfied with simply hearing from the LORD; he hungers for more. He dares to ask boldly: “Now show me Your glory.” (Exodus 33:18) And, in a surprising response, God grants him a portion of his request. No one can see God’s face, but He hides Moses in the cleft of a rock and walk by, allowing him to see His back.
Moses dares to ask.
What do I dare to do? Do I even dare? Is a part of my hindrance to seeing the glory of God my passivity?
Boldness belies the breadth and depth of my faith. Confidence that I can come before Him with whatever I dare to ask. I may find comfort in the crack of a rock, tucked tight to glimpse the goodness of the LORD and His glory.
This is part of an ongoing series that will share excerpts of my book-in-progress, tentatively titled Grappling for Good: Revealing grace to light the dark. It’s my journey through a year of unexpected circumstances and soul excavation to discover the goodness of God in surprising ways.