Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wednesday's Word: Everything is For His Glory

Recently, God has been reminding me of how everything has a purpose.

Why were we created in the first place?

The Answer: To glorify Him.

I know you have heard that a million times, but do you really, I mean really, think about what that means? He created the heavens and the earth to show His glory. We live to show His glory.

Many times in Scripture when David prays to God that his enemies would be crushed he does this so that God's glory may be revealed.

Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and tone for our sins,
for your name’s sake!

Psalms 79:9

Throughout the entire Old Testament there is story after story of men and women failing, and then rising up through God's power (not their own) and then glorifying His name.

I would go as far to say that even Jackson’s and other little ones’ suffering is for His glory. Sin is the ultimate cause of their suffering, but God uses it so powerfully to show His glory and to glorify Himself through sin and living in a fallen world. When I think back on why
Jackson has had to struggle through so many things that should come easy for children, I know that the journey of it all was to show God's greatness and faithfulness and power. It was all for His glory.

The end result of any type of suffering should ultimately cause Christians to die to themselves and to depend on God. Isn't that God's perfect plan for our lives? To die to ourselves, and to completely rely on Him for healing.

So next time when we are praying for our babies, ask God, for His glory, to heal your baby, and know that only Jesus can heal. Ask God to give us the right motive for praying and living, which is for His glory and for His glory alone. For others to come and know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior through your suffering and your experiences, ultimately glorifies Him for eternity.

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