God’s Glory Revealed

5/22/2005 7:18 AM

S: ?And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the
holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so
that the priests could not continue ministering because of
the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of
the LORD.? 1 Kings 8:10, 11

O: God reveals himself to people. In Moses day it was by a
burning bush, plagues and miracles, opening the red sea,
water from a rock, manna, quail, etc. In David?s day it
was in answered prayer ? should I go up, should I fight,
should I do this or that. In Ezekiel?s day it was by story
and parable. In Samuel?s day it was through the prophet
that God revealed himself. In Abraham?s day, it was in
visits and conversations.

Here in Solomon?s day, God also reveals himself. First it
was in a night time visit ? what do you want me to do for
you? And a conversation ensued where God says to Solomon
what he will do for him. Then here in 1 Kings 8, and 2
Chronicles 5, God makes a miraculous appearance to the
temple. He could have waited to come in when they were
done setting up. But I think God made such a grand
entrance before they were done setting the thing up,
because there were so many priests, Levites, leaders,
rulers, and people there that He wanted them all to see.

I just imagine that the glory of the LORD was so powerful
that they came running out ? almost in terror, but more in
awe. In other words, God interrupted their work and showed
them again His glory. And God simply revealed Himself

A: God has revealed himself to me in many ways. Although
I?ve not heard God?s voice in an audible fashion, nor have
I seen him physically. But like the Israelites in the
wilderness, I have some strong assurance that He?s been
here. I can see His work.

1. I have 5 healthy kids that are trying to serve and honor
2. My son is so responsible that he is working outside the
home and making good money
3. My wife and I have a healthy relationship
4. My church is growing ? who would have thought that a
year ago, we?d be averaging 260 today?
5. Jim and Shane on staff
6. Asked to lead a leadership/church planting summit

I could likely go on and on ? watching my parents go
through bankruptcy and not get divorced. Seeing how he led
my brother out of bondage of sin. Watching people?s lives
get changed.

But I see God leading. God seems to show himself in
different ways to different generations. Sometimes I am
amazed at how God revealed himself to Solomon, and
sometimes I wish he would do the same for me. But in
reality, I see God?s hand on me. I heard his voice speak
to me. I know that I am being led by the Father God, Jesus
Christ and the Holy Spirit.

O: Lord, God, I love you. Thank you for speaking to
Solomon. Thank you for speaking to me through the story of
Solomon. I love you, Lord. I want to continually serve

Yesterday the West Campus seemed to go better than the East
Campus. That has almost never happened. Thank you, Lord,
for helping that to take off yesterday like that. It
helped having a pretty full house. It helped having a time
of reflection on the sermon after I preached it in the
East. I am thankful to you for the growth we?ve had at the
West Campus and the East Campus. Lord, I pray for the Holy
Spirit to lead us.

Thank you, Lord, for leading and making things work for us.
I pray for your will continually in my church, my family,
my kids, Gail?s and my life too. Please come in and help
us get ready to leave town. I pray for your will in our
lives. Thank you, Lord. I love you.