God always wants to share his glory and faithfulness with us. We get a glimpse of this when the disciples see Jesus transfigured on the mountain. Jesus’ garments glisten bright white just as Moses’ face shone after he talked with God (Exod 34:29). In our text, we see Jesus in his glory, Moses the lawgiver, and Elijah the prophet, along with three of Jesus’ disciples.
The transfiguration is a passage that raises so many questions. I will not even try to say that I understand what took place on that mountain. I do understand Peter though, because at times I am like him. I want to fix it, no matter what it is. Peter confessed his faith, and after he was given this incredible vision and faith, it terrified him. He did not let his fear paralyze him—he attempted to take action. He tried to be faithful but as usual, got it wrong at first.
This characteristics should inspire us. How often do we not act like Peter, not knowing what to do, but trying to remain faithful to God’s call to be witnesses of his kingdom in the world and then, we so many times, get it all wrong?
Prayer: Lord, draw me near to your glory. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt,
Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.