More Thoughts About Glorifying God

As Mike Duran so astutely noted in his comment to my first post about glorifying God, I did not touch on the actual topic of his post which sparked my thinking on the subject — how writers can glorify God in their writing.

I’m getting there, I think, but won’t make it today, I’m pretty sure. I’m still not settled in my mind about what glorifying God means for the average Joanna Christian. I’m pretty convinced the verse we use to say we are to glorify God in everything has been yanked out of context and isn’t a good proof text for what I’m actually to do.

So I’ve gone back to Scripture to see what other verses can give me instruction. I’ve also thought more about the verse in Matthew (Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”) that gave Jesus’s take on the subject. What “good works” today cause me to glorify our Father who is in heaven? Here are a few:

* Gracia Burnham testifying of God’s love and provision and desire for the salvation of the Abu Sayyaf terrorists who kidnapped her and her husband, resulting in his death after more than a year of captivity.

* Katie Davis leaving the security of “the normal college kid life” to begin caring for orphans in Uganda.

* The Pickersgills from my church, he with ALS, speaking before their Fellowship group and then via video before the whole church, six or so months before he died, praising God for His provision in the midst of their suffering.

* Most recently, a friend of mine, via email:

Last July 13Th. 2011, I was coming down a ladder so that I could move it to a better spot and missed the last two rungs and fell back on the cement and fractured my lower back in two places.  I think I remember something like that 37 years ago if I am correct.  Oh well.  The Dr. said that it was two new fractures but in the same area.  NO SURGERY.  Thank the Lord.  With my seizures in 2009 and the latest one March of 2011.  The D.M.V. has taken my license away for a while and now recovering from the fall.  The Lord has me where He wants me. 
 
Therefore I have come to believe that.  If there is a single event in all of the universe that can occur outside of God’s sovereign control then I cannot trust Him.  His love may be infinite, but if His power is limited and His purpose can be thwarted, I cannot trust Him.  Paul, said however, “we can entrust our most valuable possession to the Lord.  2 Timothy 1:12.
 
The Lord has brought me back to this truth. “The sovereignty of God is the one impregnable rick to which the suffering human heart must cling. The circumstances surrounding our lives are NO ACCIDENT: they may be the work of evil, but that evil is held firmly within the mighty hand of our sovereign God.
 
Thanks to a wonderful God.

God, who doesn’t always heal or shower riches upon the most needy or rescue the captive, nevertheless will not fail us or forsake us. When I see people living out that truth, and telling others how great He is because of it, how can I not glorify His name!

Maybe their good works glorify His name. Maybe my praise as a result of their good works glorifies His name. Maybe it’s both. All I know is, that’s what I want to sign up for. I want people to see God and know Him more clearly because of my life and because of what I write.

Published in: on August 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm  Comments (9)  
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9 Comments

  1. Now you’re talking! (I mean writing)
    Sign me up too!

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  2. Wow, what an incredible video. That is definitely glorifying God. But now I’m weeping, because life is hard. Even with peace that passes understanding, the cup is hard. The bud often has a bitter taste even though sweet will be the flower.

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  3. Yes, Sally, the Pickersgills bring me to tears, too. What magnificent faith. What a great God to give them what they needed when they needed it!

    The cup looks hard to us, I think, because God has not asked us to drink it and hence has not equipped us to do so. But listening to them … I got the feeling they were right where they wanted to be because it’s where God had them, in both meanings of the phrase.

    Becky

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  4. Gloryteller, thanks for adding your voice to the mix (what a great handle you chose!)

    Love the picture on your site with the Rockies in the background, by the way. Colorado is still in my blood.

    Becky

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  5. […] Other posts in this series include “Glorifying God Means What Exactly?” and “More Thoughts About Glorifying God.” […]

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  6. I mentioned your article at my accountability group yesterday, and we got into a discussion about the issue. Eventually, we came to the point that glorifying God is expanding the kingdom. Your post definitely shows that.

    God Bless,
    Karl

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  7. […] posts in this series include “Glorifying God Means What Exactly?”, “More Thoughts About Glorifying God,” and “Glorifying God Isn’t What We […]

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  8. Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring post. You are right, of course. We should strive to be that example to everyone around us.

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  9. Neeks (and Karl — so sorry I didn’t respond sooner), thank you for your feedback. It’s encouraging to know that God uses these words. Such a joy to find in Him the motivation for our praise, the object of our praise, the power that enables our praise. 😀

    Becky

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