Ed Elliott
Aug 26 · 3 min read

Moses became angry when he found Israel worshipping a golden calf. In his anger, he broke the tablets the commandments were written on.

The next time Moses came down with the commandments, the nation of Israel noticed that his face was glowing. What happened?

Moses asked God if He would show him His “glory.”

The Lord put Moses in a crevice in the mountain and allowed him to see all of his back parts; Moses saw the “goodness” of God. But didn’t Moses ask to see God’s glory? Did God pull a bait and switch on Moses?

No! The glory of God and His goodness are the same thing.

God is glorified when people experience and trust in His goodness, as well as when people share God’s goodness with others.

Why? Because it is God’s goodness that leads people to repentance (Romans 2:4). Repentance is simply a change of mind that helps people live their lives in harmony with God.

God desires for His glory to cover the earth

God desires His glory to cover the earth (Habakkuk 2:14). Since we know His glory is also His goodness, we can conclude His desire is for people all over the world to see and experience His goodness. It is the only thing that will help them repent or change their minds about who He really is. When we trust in who God really is, that is called faith.

The foundation of a relationship with God is when you know who He is.

As Israel recognized something different about Moses so will people see a difference in those of us who know God is a good God. Our faces may not shine as Moses did, but our lives will reflect the light of the gospel that will help people come out of the darkness.

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (Isaiah 9:2, KJV).

When we desire to see and know God’s glory, He will always show us His goodness. If God’s backside is that good, how good is His front side?


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