In our “pushed into a corner—all is lost—what do I do, now” stories, we should somehow (not saying it’s going to be easy) find the faith to think beyond the hurt; see how God can be glorified in the mess. By transferring our attention to Him, it momentarily interrupts the ambush that’s trying to take over our emotions. Even though these pauses will probably last only a few minutes at a time, at least a different viewpoint would have been introduced.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
God’s glory is the passport out of the gory!
My son, Harry, came to me the other day with a situation; I told him to find the glory in the story. His initial response: What? I went on to explain that he should look for the blessings in the rubble. After careful inspection, we found three hidden in the heap. We then started talking more about the glory than the gory.
The way I see it, we have two options when we find ourselves in a fix. 1. We can go down the dead-end road the devil laid out, or 2. Think about the message the Holy Spirit wants to relay to us and through us as our stories unfold. We pretty much know the end results of the first option; however, the second option should be examined a little closer.
The movie vs. the book
People are more prone to watching the movie vs. reading the book. This is especially true when it comes to reading the Bible. Nonbelievers will be more intrigued when they observe believers who actually live their lives based on the Word, as oppose to believers reading the Word to them without any real-life, real-time testimonies to back up their claim. For instance, nonbelievers are checking to see how Christians react to everyday issues like adversity. Do they respond in line with their convictions, or are they overtaken by the gory like everybody else?
In a world where there’s so much skepticism concerning God’s existence, skeptics want to be convinced—before they sign on the dotted line.
But—it doesn’t stop there!
These sideliners aren’t the only ones paying attention to the movie; God is watching His people:
• appreciating His glory, and
• praising Him for His glory in the midst of their gory.
Can you spot God’s glory in your story?
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:1-4).
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.