His Gaudy Goodness

One of my favorite passages is Exodus 32 & 33. I quote from it often. I mentioned this passage recently in a sermon and someone asked me to write a blog about it. If you ask me to talk about one of my favorite things, you’re probably going to get a “yes”.

In this verse, Moses asks God to show him His glory. He wants to see a visible display of God’s radiant glory. God is delighted to do this for him. Here is the request and God’s reply:

Exodus 33: 18-19 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” NKJV

Notice that when God said yes to Moses, He then told him how He would go about showing him His glory. He would cause His goodness to pass before him. The way God gets His glory out of our lives is by causing His goodness to come upon us and create a spectacle everyone can see. People look at us and say, “How did they ever end up doing that?” The answer: HIS GOODNESS. Whenever God takes something ordinary and douses it with His gaudy goodness, He creates a conversation starter that should end in Him getting credit for it. That is how He gets His glory.

There are some really good things about me. But, make no mistake; every good thing about me is due to His goodness. I am not a good person in and of myself. But, I am a good person…a great person, because I have experienced His gaudy goodness.

When we are insecure or struggle with rejection, we sometimes reject His goodness because we feel we don’t deserve it. Whenever we reject His goodness, we also rob Him of His glory. Or, we reject a compliment or a celebration of our gifts because of false humility. When we discount the “praise” we rob God of His glory.

The next time someone attempts to “praise” you, simply receive it and then pass that praise onto Him and give Him His glory! For more on this subject. go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGl6v3ZysK4&t=1664s


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