Some of my greatest thoughts came on a beach in Kentucky. (No, I didn’t see God write a message in the sand.) When I was younger, I remember driving out to Kentucky Lake at night by myself. The stars looked so beautiful, and as I stared at them I gained a fresh perspective of life. I realized I was like a little grain of sand compared to the entire universe . . . and suddenly everything in my world became a lot smaller. God became so much bigger. I had tasted His glory, and it changed me.

The word for “glory” in Hebrew means “weight.” Whenever the Bible talks about the glory of God, it’s talking about His weight or greatness. God alone is worthy of glory, for He holds all the weight. Think about it this way: If God created Earth, then He has to be bigger than it. The same goes for all of the stars in every galaxy and the universe as a whole. God is greater than everything, including you and me.

What does the glory of God mean to us? For one, it means God is behind every success we experience because He created us and gave us the intelligence and ability to succeed. Also, the glory of God applies to the circumstances we face on a daily basis. Because God holds all the weight, He has the power to influence the outcome for our good. If He opens a door, no one can shut it; if He closes a door, no one can open it. All glory belongs to Him.

Have you become a little too consumed with your success? Are you facing a problem so big that you can’t solve it on your own? You need a good glimpse of God’s glory to put things in proper perspective. (I would suggest reading Job 38–41 and Psalm 8, 103, and 107.) When you do this, God will seem so much bigger, and you and your problems will become a lot smaller. You will taste His glory, and it will change you forever.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder