Welcome! This is part three in my eight week children’s devotional series Understanding Who You Are. Feel free to comment your thoughts below and share if you know someone who could use this!
Here are the eight weeks:
- What Are You Made Of?
- How Did God Make You?
- Who Are You?
- Why Did God Make You?
- Why Do We Do Wrong Things?
- Is Sin Part Of God’s Plan?
- How Can You Be Made New?
- What Is Your Purpose?
Before starting, read: Exodus 33:12-23, 34:5-8
In the last two chapters, we answered two very important questions.
What are you made of? You are made of God’s light.
How did God make you? He breathed you out as he sang the universe into existence.
The universe is made of God’s light. You are made of God’s light.
The universe is a cosmic orchestra, and you are music. You are a unique, irreplaceable note in the song.
But there is another aspect to who you are that we have yet to discover. What we will learn today is the most important aspect of all.
God’s Glorious Presence
In Exodus chapter 33, God and Moses are discussing God’s instruction for Moses to lead the Israelites to the promised land. Moses is nervous about it. He doesn’t want to go unless God’s presence goes with him, and he asks God to physically show him his “glorious presence” so that he can be assured that God is there with him.
Moses asks God, “show me your glorious presence.”
And God responds with an unexpected answer. God says, “I will make all my goodness pass before you.”
What is God telling Moses? God is telling Moses that his goodness is the same thing as his glorious presence.
In week one we learned that God’s glory is light energy, or spiritual light. When Moses asked God to show him his “glorious presence,” he probably expected to see a brilliant physical light, like the sun. But Moses did not understand that God’s glory is a spiritual glory. It exists in higher dimensions than we do, and it is way more intense than anything we could imagine or bear in our physical bodies. If God’s glory had appeared in all of its brilliance, it would have burned Moses up – that’s how bright it is.
But that’s OK, because there is another way we can experience God’s glory in this world. We can experience it by understanding that God’s glory is more than light as we know it. It is not just physical light, it is spiritual light – it is everything that is good and beautiful and right and perfect.
Let’s look at how God himself describes his glory. As the story continues in Exodus chapter 24 verses 5-7, God shows Moses his glorious presence. And this is what God shows Moses:
- Unfailing love
These six things are what God’s brilliant, holy, glorious presence look like to us in this physical world. Take a minute to let that sink in. These six things are glorious. They are spiritual light – God’s light – in physical form.
That means that when you see compassion, mercy, and justice displayed by the people around you, you are witnessing the glory of God.
That means that when you show love, when you are faithful, when you forgive, you are shining with God’s light.
What Does All This Have to do With You?
It’s quite simple actually.
The Bible says that “God is love.”
The Bible also says that “God is light.” We learned that in week one.
Today we have learned that God’s light and God’s love are the same thing. God’s light is a spiritual light, which is love.
God’s light, or God’s glorious presence, is compassion. It is mercy. It is forgiveness. It is faithfulness. It is justice.
It is unfailing love.
And we know that you are created in God’s image. You are a reflection of God. So if God is love, what are you?
That’s right, you are love.
We know that God created you out of his light. So if God’s light is love, then what are you?
That’s right, you are love.
You were created, as the Bible says, “for his glory.” You were designed out of and for love, for compassion, for mercy.
You are a physical design, or a manifestation, of the love of God.
Your very existence proclaims God’s love to the ends of the universe.
You were designed to be a song of love – a picture of love.
You are a living, breathing message of God’s love to the world.
1. Imagine what it would be like to be Moses, seeing a glimpse of God’s glorious presence. And then think about this: The Bible says that the whole earth displays his glory! That means that everywhere you look, you can see the glory of God. Look around you. What do you see? Go for a walk, or a trip to the store. Keep an eye out for God’s glory as you go. Can you see it in the beauty of nature, the brilliance of the sun, the goodness of the people you meet? Make a list of ways you see the glory of God in the world around you.
2. Think about the six qualities that sum up God’s glorious presence:
- Unfailing love
Do you know what all of these words mean? If not, look them up. Can you think of a time when you saw someone display these qualities?
3. You were created to be a message of God’s love to the world! Think about how you live your life. What kind of message are you sending to those around you with your life? How can you send a message of love? Throughout the week, you could try:
- Listening to someone tell you about their day
- Offering someone a hug when they look sad
- Praying for someone who doesn’t feel well
- Being kind to someone who is in a bad mood
- Donating food or clothing to people in need
- Visiting someone who can’t get out and about
4. Record about your experiences. Did you learn anything about God’s glorious presence this week? Did you see God’s glory in anything or anyone this week? Did you show anyone God’s love? How does it feel to know that you are a message of love from God to the world? Write it down, draw a picture of it, or record yourself talking about it.
- Exodus 33:18,19a [NLT]: “Moses responded, ‘Then show me your glorious presence.’ The Lord replied, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you.'”
- Exodus 34:6,7a [NLT]: “The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out,
‘Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty.'”
- 1 John 4:8 [NIV]: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
- John 13:35 [NLT]: “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”