“Ezekiel had been entrusted with the burden of seeing God’s glory recede from the temple and depart into the wilderness (Ezekiel 8:4; 9:3; 10:18-19; 11:23). The Ichabod-nation was left with religious forms, traditions, memories, and nostalgia, but little else. Look around at what passes for Christianity—are we any better?
We must have the glory of the Lord in our midst again. The glory of God is our goal. Isaiah told us so, “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed” (v.5a). Oh what hope that brings! So thirsty for His glorious presence are we that our breaths grow shallow and rapid at even the hint that it could be true. Could we actually experience His glory in our midst? Do we dare believe it could be so?
Yes. Absolutely, yes! This has been the longing of God’s people throughout all generations. It is our God-given goal.” (Pathways to Peace, p.80)