Who Seeks to Glorify God?


Sorry for the hiatus over the past couple of days. The reality is that I don’t write when I don’t clearly hear what God says to me. A lot has been going on this week. As always, God has been at work: Hearing from students and staff about how I influenced them; Encouraging my family; Giving me another job and protecting my dad in the accident he had. Now, that’s second time in a month as God protected my other dad in his accident. Both men came out okay, but their trucks were busted up. Better the trucks than them. Both of my fathers, yes, God graciously gave me two men who were involved in my maturation.

Like the two men He gave to raise me, God wants to mature us as we watch His power in His works in this world. God showed His power in protecting my dads. Regarding the power of the Father brings me to my last post from John 11. While we believe in God’s power, we often, in sin I might add, question God’s power. In our smugness, we act as if we know better than God because a circumstance does not work out the way we envisioned. Who Seeks to Glorify God? * Funny how we question God’s power when it does not work out the way we thought. This is dangerous. It leads us down the wrong road causing us to make improper conclusions about who God is or about the character of God. We say God is good, but we don’t really believe it when things don’t work out the way we have unfolded it in our minds.

Take a look from John 11 to see what I mean. As you remember, Lazarus was sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus to come and help Him. Jesus delayed His coming to Lazarus’ aid. Why? Jesus said that “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Notice, Jesus did not say Lazarus would not die. He said it would not end in death. Things did not go the way that Mary and Martha envisioned. Jesus did not come right away but waited four days. After all, He was only two miles or so away from them. Who Seeks to Glorify God?

Remember what both Martha and Mary said to Jesus when He did come? See verses 21 and 32 where both said, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Both envisioned that if Jesus came when they asked then Lazarus would have lived. Jesus had different plans. As God, He reserves the right to do what He wants, when He wants and how He wants. We not only see that improper view with those who followed Jesus in the passage. We also see it from those who were skeptical about His authority. Who Seeks to Glorify God?

Verse 37 says, “But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” Them refers to some of the Jews who were there that did not believe in Jesus; yet, they attributed the healing of the blind man (chapter 9) to Jesus. They saw and accepted that Jesus healed the blind man, but questioned His ability to keep Lazarus from dying. In this, we see that whether believing or unbelieving all of us “dis” Jesus. We separate our belief in Him when things don’t go the way we envision them. When things don’t play out as we thought, we cast dispersion on His character – on His deity. Basically, the people were saying if Jesus was all of that He could have kept this man from dying which is exactly what Martha and Mary said (v.21&32). The answer to the question in verse 37 is Jesus could have, but as Jesus says in verse 4 “No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” That is the message Jesus has for us. He is about glorifying God not catering to our every desire. Who Seeks to Glorify God?

The message, in part, from this passage screams “Now hear this, Jesus does what He wants, when He wants, how He wants.” Our only response should be thank you Lord for what you did. We should not be displeased, disappointed, depressed, discourage or dejected. The prefix “de” shows separation. The prefix “dis” shows apart or away. Either way, it leads us away from God rather than closer to God. God’s intention through every incident, particularly those unsavory ones, is to draw us to closer fellowship with Him. Who Seeks to Glorify God?

We don’t see God’s intention because we are worried about our will and not His will. Isaiah 55:8-10 says,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
    and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

Who Seeks to Glorify God? Those who submit to His thoughts and His ways. Let’s Go Higher.

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