Before the Glory
2 Chronicles 5:14
“So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.”
There are many people who enjoy the experience of God’s glory, but they don’t want to do what it takes to get God’s glory in their own lives. Many preacher boys see the blessings of God on a church and desire those blessings in their ministry, but they don’t want to do what it takes for those blessings to fall in their ministry. You can certainly enjoy the crumbs from another’s glory, but you will never truly enjoy the glory of God until you have done what it takes to get His glory in your own life.
As a young boy, and even as a young preacher, I was able to see the ministry of Dr. Jack Hyles up close, a man whom God used to build the largest independent Baptist church in his lifetime. I can remember as a boy going to the services and enjoying the presence of God and seeing God work through the church, and seeing God’s glory in his work placed a great desire to have the same glory in my ministry. Eating the crumbs of God’s blessing from Bro. Hyles table was wonderful, but the same God whose glory rested in his ministry is available to you and me.
The verse above says “that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.” What a day that must have been for God’s glory to fill the temple the Solomon had built. However, Solomon did several things before the glory of the LORD appeared. Let me point out what Solomon did to get God’s glory on the temple.
First, Solomon determined to do something for God in 2 Chronicles 2:1. You will never see God’s glory in your life or ministry without first deciding to do something for God. God’s work always starts with a decision that won’t be changed. You will never see God’s glory in your life until there is a resolve in your life to serve the LORD no matter what tries to change the course of your life.
Second, Solomon began to do something for God in 2 Chronicles 3:1. Many people make decisions to do something for God, but few ever put those decisions into action. Deciding to serve the LORD means nothing unless you put your decision into action and actually start serving Him. You will never experience the blessings of serving the LORD until you put your decision to serve Him into action.
Third, Solomon continued to do something for God in 2 Chronicles 4:1. Many people have started doing something for God, but they quit when the times got difficult. You will never enjoy God’s glory on your ministry or in your life if you quit serving Him when times get difficult. You must not only determine to do something for God to see His glory, but you must also determine not to quit when times get difficult. You must learn to push through the doldrum times when the excitement of the original decision to serve the LORD has passed if you want to see God’s glory.
Fourth, in 2 Chronicles 5:1, Solomon finished what he started to do for God. God glory won’t fill the unfinished work. Finishing what you start won’t be easy, but the result of experiencing God’s glory on your work because you finished is worth the battle to push through the difficult times. Yes, you can see the glory of the LORD on your ministry and in your life, but you must finish the work before you see His glory.