Believing to See
God’s glory is often obvious, such as the flashes of lightning illuminating the sky or the thunder as it rumbles. Other times glory is found in unusual places — a flower peeking through the crack on a city sidewalk or a smile from a stranger.
Sometimes glory is even found in the hardest difficulties of life. St. Augustine wrote, “In my deepest wound I saw Your glory and it dazzled me.”
Everyone has been through difficulties. Some of you are traveling rough roads right now. It’s so easy to focus on our problems. And some problems are humongous. We often forget we are made for eternity. This life here on earth is temporary; it’s a mere blip on the radar screen of forever. And if we are in Christ, we always get the happy ending, and we truly do get to live happily ever after.
Jesus was good friends with a man, Lazarus, and his two sisters, Mary, and Martha. Lazarus became ill while Jesus was out of town. The sisters sent word for Him to come quickly. Jesus knew Lazarus was sick, knew he was dying, and yet Jesus waited to come. When He finally arrived, Lazarus had been dead four days. Martha ran to Jesus and said “If you had been here my brother wouldn’t have died.” That was true. Yet God had bigger plans.
Jesus told her, “Didn’t I tell you if you believed you would see the glory of God.”* And then Jesus called Lazarus from the tomb.
God’s timing and God’s ways are more than our earthly desires and limited vision can perceive or conceive. God has eternal purposes to display glory in amazing ways.
I was chewing on what Jesus said, and I wondered how often I don’t see because I don’t believe or I’m just not looking.
As I shopped at the grocery store, God was there as a little girl visited with a handicapped man. God was in that moment as they talked and laughed. Sweet fellowship. Sweet interaction. And in my spirit The Voice whispered, “Did I not tell you if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
When we believe, when we have eyes to see, ears to hear, and an open and willing spirit to God’s ways and workings, we will see the glory of God.
Heavenly Father I want to see Your glory. I believe, help my unbelief. Help me to see You and how You are working in my life and in the world around me. I want to see Your glory!