I have been sitting here staring at the screen, typing this blog post for a couple months now. When I speak, I want to speak wisely. I do not want my words to build me up but rather I pray that they display the greatness of my heavenly Father.
So may my words be a reflection of Him and not myself.
There are so many things I would love to share with you. So many things I want to encourage you in and my prayer is that I am blessed with the opportunity to do so with you soon.
But the Lord has placed one thing on my heart to share with you today. You and I were designed with one single purpose,
Our purpose is to glorify our heavenly Father.
I am sure that you have probably heard this many times before and I assume that if you proclaim to be a follower of Jesus Christ then it is the desire of your heart to bring the Lord glory in the way you live your life.
But as Christians, it is easy to just say that we want to glorify Him. We hear of His goodness over and over in the Bible, in church, in the songs we sing and we cannot help but say, “Yes! Lord, let my life glorify you!”
But then we encounter trials. We walk through suffering. Hard things happen and we begin to doubt His goodness. We begin to question. Why Lord? How can I still glorify you when I do not understand?
But friend, the Lord is still good. He is so very good.
I have found that in the midst of the deepest hurt, in the midst of the hardest trial, that is when we see just how good our Lord is to His children.
I am so thankful that the Lord breaks us. That He humbles us. That He brings us to our knees.
That is when we are being sanctified. That is when we see how small we are, and how big He is.
Someone very wise recently told me that the Lord does not put us through trials to see if we love Him. He knows if we love Him. He is all knowing. But rather, He puts us through trials so that WE can see if we really love Him and if we really trust Him and believe what His word says is true.
So how do we glorify Him in the midst of it all? We trust Him and believe what His word says is true.
Here is what the Lord has been so good to show me in the midst of the trial. I hope that in some way it can encourage you today.
1. Remember that He is working for your good
“And we know that for those who love God ALL things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
You have probably heard this but have you stopped to think about it. I mean really think about it. He is working for YOUR good. All things, the good and the bad are all part of His plan for you. It is a GOOD plan not a bad plan. A plan that was designed by the Creator! Do not lean on your own understanding. He knows what is best for His children. When you do not understand know that there is a God who loves you and only does what is best for you.
2. Continually bless Him (because He is working for your good!)
“I will bless the Lord at ALL times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
In the midst of difficult times it is hard to see why and what He’s doing. However, I encourage you to approach the situation with thankfulness. I guarantee your perspective on the difficult time you are going through will change.
Thanking Him in the hard times has given me an overwhelming peace and comfort like I have never experienced before.
My attitude towards the trials I face changes when I start to thank Him.
Thank Him for the opportunity to trust Him more.
3. Remember that you will be glorified with Him
“…if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may be glorified with Him.” Romans 8: 17
We cannot be glorified with Him one day unless we encounter suffering here on this earth. Being a Christian means that you will go through trials and your faith will be tested. But our story does not stop there.
We will be glorified with the Lord.The One we glorify now we will one day stand beside in glory.
Dwell on that.
You will be GLORIFIED with the King of the Universe!
It does not stop there though.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be reveled to us.” Romans 8:18,
Not worthy. Your sufferings at this time are NOT WORTHY compared to the glory that is to be reveled to you if you are in Him.
Someone recently said this to me,
“Sophie, how you react to suffering will show more of your character than any other moment in your life.”
Oh how true I have found this to be! How you react to suffering will show others around you that you either trust the Lord or don't.
So I leave you with this,
How are you reacting to the suffering that you are facing?
Are you using it as an opportunity to glorify the Lord or are you so consumed in yourself and trying to solve it on your own that you are missing the point?
I pray you see His greatness and that you glorify Him in the midst of the trial.