Boasting in Knowing Him

Jeremiah 9:24   (KJV)   24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

Glorying or boasting is good if glorying is in the right thing. Having a true saving knowledge of, experience with, and understanding of God are right reasons to glory—Jeremiah 9.24 - Boasting in Knowing Himknowing His nature, His power, His ways, His will.

The more we know Him, the more we see how wonderful He really is. For Him to lovingly and graciously invite us to drink of the free Living Water, He knows that when we do, we get to taste and see how good He really is, that He really is the One we need and we’ve been looking for. He’s the only one Who really satisfies our deepest hunger and thirst. He really is the answer to the greatest longing of our souls.

Others run after this world and its seemingly grand offers. They pursue more and more money. They strive hard to share in the 15 minutes of fame—of increased power and influence. They continually look for new things that will satisfy the cravings of their tongues and stomachs, or other people and things that will satisfy their flesh. But those are not things we glory in—not temporal things that will eventually just get burned up.

What we have extends beyond the reaches of matter, time, and space. Who we have and what we have are infinitely worth more than anything and anyone. He’s incomparable, immeasurable, incalculable, and incomprehensible. That’s why we worship Him alone. No volumes of books are enough to accommodate everything that can be written about Him. No amount of words can be used to fully describe the joys and blessings of having a saving knowledge, personal relationship, and very close intimacy with such a magnificent Being.

 

God-Glorifying Gifts

1 Peter 4:11   (KJV)   11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

We’re all gifted. Our extra-ordinarily gracious Father and God lavishes us with awesome gifts. He also enables us to use our gifts faithfully. This interplay of God’s amazing 1 Peter 4.11 - God-Glorifying Giftsgraciousness and our humble stewardship of His gifts result in the glorification of our Benefactor.

God knows, desires, and does what’s best for us. He chooses the kind of gifts we need. We gladly aceept the lot we’re given. No complains. The clay never questions the Potter. He Who knows everything, can do anything, and loves us most can be trusted with all we are.

We appreciate Him for being such a good and loving Father. We appreciate every gift He’s given us. And we show the sincerity of our delight and gratefulness through the way we care for and use His gifts. We don’t neglect them, misuse them, and abuse them. We give our best.

Although the influence of or pressure from the world is strong, our eyes are set: soli Deo gloria; we live for the glory of God alone. Sure, being rich and famous has a ring to it—a loud ring to many. Others go all out in using God’s gifts for their own aggrandizement. Not us; we understand that living for self-glorification is nothing compared to living for the honor or Him from Whom all our blessings flow—the greatest Being there is in existence.

In God is Our Hope

Psalm 39:7   (KJV)   And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

We are satisfied about today and we’re excited about our tomorrow. We have great expectations. We’re not as those who live without hope. In Jesus, we not only have hope, Psalm 39.7 - In God is Our Hopewe live in hope. This keeps us going and growing. We all need hope. Those who lose hope lose passion for life, even the very desire to live. Praise God, in Him is our hope.

God has proven Himself and His faithfulness many times over. He has given us great and precious promises and we know He won’t disappoint us. He has never and will never break one word of all His promises. That’s just Him; He’s naturally dependable. He’s truthful; He’s excellent in everything He does; His timing is impeccable. Who needs better anchor than that? Where can we find better reason for hope?

For sure, there are many uncertainties; things change; we don’t know much of the future. There are many threats to our future—especially our future as believers. Even our Lord warned us about growing evil and persecutions. But He also told us that the gates of hell won’t prevail against His church. What do we have to lose? Even the experience most feared—death, is a transition towards our most glorious change and existence.

 

Soli Deo Gloria

1 Corinthians 1:31   (KJV)   31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

It makes sense for us to take pride in our Lord alone. And this is so encouraging because as believers, we want to triumph over the influence or power of pride. Ego has caused so many irreparable devastations—from individual to international level. Simply, pride 1 Cor. 1.31 - Soli Deo Gloriaawfully destroys. Others have fallen prey to its deadly tentacles; believers have been graced with power and wisdom to overcome.

Soli Deo Gloria! He has blessed us abundantly. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him; we own nothing that didn’t come from Him. We’re not perfect—none is—except Him of course, but He still finds it in His heart to call us and move in us so we can understand Him and His ways, so we can respond with faith and experience His free gift of salvation. I’ve sinned against Him multiplied times over. Even as a believer, I still do. This is not undermining the wonderful changes He has made in me. There have been changes by leaps and bounds in my life. We’re not sinless, but we definitely sin much less.

The truth is, even in our imperfections, God still works powerfully in our lives—touching us, and touching others through us. He calls us to join Him in His mission. None of us possess the knowledge of all the mysteries of God; our riches pale pathetically infinitesimal—insignificantly little in comparison to all the riches He possesses; we have very limited strength. With all those, God deems it best to bless us with His presence, understanding, power, and authority that confounds the world’s best. That’s obviously the Lord’s doing. Glory to Him and to Him alone!

Channels of Glory

Galatians 1:24   (KJV)   24 And they glorified God in me.

As His children, we’re given a high honor and privilege of being channels of God’s glory.

Not all we do bring glory to our God. Through us, God can either be praised or cursed.

galatians-1-24-channels-of-gloryWe can have better chances of channeling peoples praise towards God if we’re not involved in works of darkness. It is when we let our light shine before others that they’re able to see God in us—how good and great He is. That’s how those in darkness are drawn to the Light.

God is Holy, loving, mighty. We’re not necessarily the same. It’s when those are seen in us that people see the reality that’s not us—a reality that’s attractive and magnetic, a reality that’s bigger than us, a reality that sincerely-seeking people want to be a part of.

God is essentially glorious. He isn’t always given His du—often because others aren’t just conscientious or aware. We as people in whom He dwells can bring the truth of God’s glory closer and clearer to the people.

Our lives shine; there’s no life more beautiful and radiant than that which glows with God’s beauty.

We know our worth in Him, that’s why we don’t desire glory to ourselves. We’re the pointers not the destination of praise.

God’s Greater Glory

Exodus 14:4   (KJV)   4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.

A continuing and increasing indifference, hostility, or attacks against us can be God’s way of showing His glory in a more emphatic or obvious way. The unjust treatments we experience always turn out for the good. That’s a promise that puts all our experiences in exodus-14-4-gods-greater-glorythe proper light. All things work together for the good of those who love Him—we who are the called according to His purpose; they all work together for His glory, and for its greater display.

This may sound easier said than believed or acted on, but it does us very well when we do. There may come situations when it seems like we’re pushed farther in a tight corner, or between a rock and a hard place, or between a sea and an invading army. Our predicament may look confusing; we may feel like we don’t have a way of escape. But we understand that it’s in those moments when we see the miraculous powerful hands of the Lord scoop us into safety.

Not all situations are the same; some are harder than the other. In the natural, there may be no possible way for us to win the battle or to even escape alive—to survive. Others who find themselves in the same situation as ours murmur, complain, or compromise. But God fights on the side of those who are on His side. And it’s in our deliverance from our most horrible predicaments that others recognize God’s wondrous intervention. In our worst experiences, we find joy and comfort in knowing that a greater revelation of our God’s greatness and goodness is about to unfold, and we get to know Him even more.

Humbly Glorious

Luke 2:12   (KJV)   12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Of all the signs that could have been, God in His wisdom chose this. He could have been born in a palace among the royalties; He could have been born from the family of the high priest; He could have been born from the family of greatest wealth; any of these could have been a more acceptable sign and a more impactful entrance into this world. But no, He chose the path least expected: a baby wluke-2-12-humbly-gloriousrapped in strips of cloths, lying in a manger.

Didn’t He itch? Didn’t He have rashes? Wasn’t that cruel for a Dad and Mom to do? Was that the best they could do? I would believe, given the situation, it was. But it didn’t matter. Where He was didn’t change Who He is. God isn’t insecure at all. His Son is God’s Son. The manger didn’t pull Him down; He lifted the manger up. Why is that manger the most celebrated birth scenario in the entire world in all generations? It’s because of the One born there. Jesus brought glory to it.

That’s what God does, and that’s what He did in us. When Jesus came into our personal world, when He came into our hearts, He brought glory and honor in us that no one and nothing else can ever accomplish. That’s why our status in society doesn’t change our value and worth even a bit. The Creator and owner of all creation lives in us. It’s in Him where we find our value, and there’s no value greater than what He brings. Why? It’s because there’s no one and nothing of greater value than Him. That’s explains why the seemingly extremely humble event was punctuated by a majestic array of angels, in praise, proclaiming: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” That’s why in everything, anywhere, anytime, we worship.