I was reading in II Corinthians 3 last night and God rocked my world! I think it helps to read out of different versions occasionally for your eyes to be opened. Mine were. Paul is telling the Corinthians that if Moses had to veil his face because the glory was so great when he brought the law down the mountain, how much greater would the glory be that accompanies the ministry of the Spirit! The veil continues to hide the glory...UNTIL we turn to the Lord in repentance! When that happens, we have the glory!!
The Old Covenant was about the Law--and there was great glory on Moses when he brought the Ten Commandments down after meeting with God. This New Covenant is about grace--and a ministry that promises to restore and set the world right. How much MORE GLORY is in this New Covenant? Much more!!
I think I've kept waiting for the glory. Maybe like the glory that appeared at Pentecost. Or the glory that was at the Mount of Transfiguration. But I already have the glory. So do you if you know Christ! It's in the "knowing" that we have the glory that we are filled with confidence. My sister, Sandra, said, "Satan started lying to us in the Garden of Eden, 'You need to eat from the tree to be better...'" He's tried to keep us from understanding the glory we possess. (Adam & Eve were clothed in this glory and lost it when they sinned. Salvation restores it!) We are being metamorphosed from one radiance of glory to another. And that glory brings confidence and courage. Of course Satan has lied to us--he wants us cowering in fear. He certainly doesn't want us walking in confidence and courage!
We don't have to wait for the glory. IT'S HERE! And knowing that fact will fill you with courage.