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Have you ever considered that the sight of God’s devouring glory may have actually comforted Moses?

Exodus 24:17

Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.

He had seen this fire before at the burning bush, where he had learned that God’s fire only devours what he intends it to devour.  The same fire that lit the mountain, lit the bush – and the bush was never consumed. 

No matter what you risk for the Kingdom (Matthew 24:14), or what the results of your risk (Revelation 6:9-11), don’t miss the fact that the glory of God takes the form of fire, and because of Christ, the glory is meant for our eternal joy.  For the fire reveals what will give us endless joy – His Presence (Matthew 28:20)

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The tamed box that Christians seek to put Christ in is the very box that limits their joy in seeing him do terrible things.  The Narnians had it right.  Whenever a Narnian tried to put Aslan in a tame box, or a box that dictated what Aslan could and could not do, they were admonished, “(Aslan’s) not a tame lion, but he is good.”  This is a lesson we all need to draw from as we look at promises like Matthew 24:14 and particularly Revelation 6:9-11. 

A couple of verses from Exodus may give some insight as to how God uses terrible things to increase our joy in him. (more…)

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