"Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking."
I have always had difficulty explaining the glory of God. Not only that, I must confess my lack of ability to even imagine God's glory.
This statement by Ezekiel tells me I am not the only one who does. Notice his description, "the appearance of the likeness of the glory of God." Ezekiel 1:1 describes what Ezekiel saw as "visions of God" with such vivid detail through the rest of the chapter, yet he uses the word likeness nine times and the word appearance fifteen times.
I should not be surprised. God, Himself, said it is impossible to "see" Him clearly enough to accurately describe Him. Isaiah 46:5 says, "To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike?"
Even Moses, who spoke face to face with God, as a man speaks to a friend (Exodus 33:11), could not see God's glory. In Exodus 33:18 Moses asked, "Please show me your glory." In the following verses, God describes that as impossible because if a man were to see His glory, he would die. However, God graciously allowed Moses to see His back.
All of that being true, everything believers do is to be done for His glory. "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Sovereign LORD God, as we read and study Ezekiel, please show us Your glory. We know there are none compared to You. But You have chosen in these last days to reveal the radiance of Your glory through Your Son. The world missed Your glory when He came to dwell among us and still does. As You did with Ezekiel, please reveal as much of Yourself to us as we can handle. May we see Jesus.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
"According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds on it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
Reading this passage reminds me of Matthew 7:24-27. We all know the parable of the wise man and the foolish man who build their houses on very different foundations. The wise man builds his house on rock, and the foolish man builds on sand. As always happens, when the storm comes only the solid foundations hold. As you examine this parable, notice the difference between the two: one builder "does them" and the other builder "does not do them." Jesus says there are those who hear His words and "do them" and there are those who hear His words and "do not do them." That decision of obedience is what differentiates the outcome of the builders' lives.
Paul carries that analogy a step further by saying you can build on the "rock" foundation but with unsuitable material. Paul does not directly say it, but he would agree the problem arises because of those who hear the words of Jesus and "do not do them."
Lord Jesus, I do not want just to be a hearer of Your Word, I want to be a doer. Holy Spirit, always remind me of what material I am using to build my life. I desire the work of my life to survive the fiery test. I want the reward which only comes through the obedience of faith.