In our reading from Ezekiel today, chapters 38-39, we see many wonderful promises, many of which encourage us that God indeed WANTS to show us His glory, for us to KNOW Him and see Him in all His glory and mercy and holiness! He is NOT hiding!
Be awestruck at the incredible missions promise in verse 21:
“And I will set my glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them.
Again, we see one of God’s aims in discipline, in verses 22-24:
The house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God, from that day forward. And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they dealt so treacherously with me that I hid my face from them and gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword. I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their transgressions, and hid my face from them.
God is sovereign. Just as he restored Job, He restores Israel, in His time and for His name’s sake, verses 25-27:
“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations.
God wants us to KNOW Him, verse 28!
Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore.
God is not hiding. In fact, He gives us His Spirit to live within us, verse 29:
And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.”