This was exactly the question I asked sometime ago during a Sabbath Morning Bible studies and believe it keeps on baffling a lot of faithful Christians who want to know more about God and to relate to Him.
To give an overview of answering this question, first of all it must be understood that the glory of God can never be seen unless God Himself reveals Himself unto men. But surely, He has revealed His glory to the world. So what is this glory?
It will be interested to also know that the word “glory” is ascribed to God alone. Any other person who tries to ascribe himself with this title is making himself an image of God for men to worship him which is develish or Satanic.
In the Bible, we know a prophet who desired to see God’s glory. His name was Moses. In Exodus 33, 18 Moses said to the Lord “show me your glory.” The Lord decided to show Moses all His glory. But before He does that, He was to cover up Moses lest He dies (Exodus 33, 20-23).
In Chapter 34 the Lord descended down from Heaven and passed before Moses. The Lord began to proclaim all His glory to Moses, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7).
What are we seeing here? I taught the glory of God was going to be thunder and fire bolts. No, but the contrary. The Lord rather revealed to Moses His goodness and graciousness towards mankind. And when Moses saw and heard these words, the Bible says he bowed down his face to the earth and worshipped the Lord (Exodus 34, 8).
From here we can see that the glory of the Lord must lead us to reverend worship of Him. Angels before the Lord give him reverend worship day by day saying “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11).
The glory of God is to see how good, kind, patient and gracious the Lord is. We are to daily pray to see Him this way. God is not a God of vengeance but full of love and mercy. As Moses demanded to see His glory, so must all of us pray each day and day out to perceive in details, His glory.
Through Jesus Christ, God fulfilled all his goodness and love towards mankind. It is written that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God’s love is leading to save all men; only believe. Paul said, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5, 19). Further John says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
All the fullness of God’s glory was revealed to us through Jesus. To come to know Jesus, is to come to know the glory of God.
To believe that your sins are forgiven and that you are a child of God means the glory of the Lord has come upon you. Florence Brunner said:
“We are not worthy to call upon His name, but He who has announced His name unto us, has finally showed us all His glory.”
We indeed serve a God who want’s to show us all His glory.