This morning I listened to my devotional. It was an podcast from Dr. James Macdonald entitled Decision Time (Part A). In this series he speaks about wisdom, God’s will and how to make decisions that please God. The part however that stuck out to me was the talk about us being here for God’s glory. I’ve heard that plenty of times (in loud stereotypical preacher’s voice): “We are here to give God glory!” “God has kept us here on this earth post salvation for His glory!” To be honest I had no idea what that really meant. But this sermon really opened my eyes. James likens God’s glory as wet is to water, hot is to fire, light is to bulb, etc. God’s glory is what emanates from him. It’s the after glow of His presence. Deep right?
When we look at a beautiful landscape, or look into the night sky most of us come to grips with our finite-ness. (Is that a word? It is now.)
You see real images like this and you may think “There has to be a God.” or “God, Your creation is amazing!” or you may just be like me and left speechless.
These are reflections of God’s glory. And no matter how breathtaking all of this is, you are more important to Him. He allows us to go through trials just like our neighbors who may not believe in God in order to be examples of God’s glory. Just like we see through God’s natural creations. Since we are His creation, when we allow God to work in our lives and seek to please Him then His glory is manifest through us just like a beautiful sunset over the ocean. I don’t know about you but that sounds amazing! That God could or would do something like that through us. That the work He does through us leaves an after glow of His glory that can be seen by others and make them think… “There must be a God. Look at what is happening in that person’s life.” Or simply that you chose to react without fear or anger because of your hope in Christ, and that made an impact on someone’s life.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
Today as you live and work and do what you do, remember that as a child of God His afterglow is around you. Your life, full of ups and downs and imperfections, is like those beautiful events in nature reflecting God’s glory.