Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory. (Isa. 6:3)
Expanded Passage: Leviticus 11:44–45; 19:2; 20:7–8, 26; Isaiah 6:1–8
Since I was a little boy, I was told by my parents that God existed and that he loved me. I heard it from my Sunday school teacher, from the pastor, and from many adults I knew who shared some part of their faith with me. I’m so grateful for that foundation. But I didn’t grasp the great glory of God until I was in high school and saw the Atlantic Ocean.
I grew up in Kansas, a completely landlocked state. I saw some larger lakes growing up, but no body of water I had ever seen held a candle to the size of the ocean as it stretched out before me. I was in shock and awe. How could water exist in such a quantity? In that very moment, my brain made a connection with my heart: there was something, someone, some force out there bigger than I could ever know. God was real.
God has such awesome power and such genuinely good character that his glory demands attention. C. S. Lewis borrowed the phrase “weight of glory” from the apostle Paul to title one of his books, and in it he wrote of the longing that we have for something far off that we can’t reach. That longing in our spirit is for God’s holiness in our own lives, our own experiences.
Be captivated all over again by the great glory of our God.
Chris McFadden is pastor of Cherry Street Wesleyan in Ottawa, Kansas. He is married to his beautiful wife, Suzanne, and has two wonderful daughters, Madelynn and Eleanor.
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