“Then the LORD said, ‘I have pardoned, according to your word. But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD, none of the men who have seen my glory…and have not obeyed my voice, shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers.’” Numbers 14:20-23
It strikes me today how amazingly sure it is that all the earth “shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” His glory won’t just fill portions of it, pockets of glory here and there to be found. The entire earth will be filled. And there isn’t the remotest question as to whether or not this will happen. God, the Living One, the Creator, shows its certainty in that this statement is staked on it.
As surely as He lives, as surely as the whole earth will be filled with His glory, this will happen. How magnificent is the hope contained in the knowledge that our Lord will fill the earth with His glory! It is as absolute as the fact that He lives. He opens our eyes to see it now, leaving us in awe at each glimpse, but there will come a day when there will be no more darkness or evil or pain. All will be enveloped in glory that is infinite and breathtaking.
Solidifying our hope, we are given a glimpse of this day: “Then came one of the seven angels…saying, ‘Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.’ And he carried me away…and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal…And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there” (Revelation 21:9-11, 23-25). We will have no need for sun or moon. The glory of God will be our light, and there will never be a moment when night will darken it. “By its light will the nations walk.” We see in the world around us nations and rulers filled with corruption. But one day, the nations will walk in the light of God’s glory. Rulers will bring their glory—earthly glory that cannot compare to the splendor of majesty that covers our Lord. They will not keep that glory for themselves, but will lay it at His feet. So as we continue our days in this world full of deceit, wickedness, and death, let us rejoice in the hope that they will not last. The former things—the evidence and effects of the curse of sin—will pass away. Our God will make all things new, He will fill the earth with His glory, and by it the nations will walk.
“The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.” Isaiah 60:19-20