We wonder sometimes about the things that we are going through, why we’re suffering with some things, some people, some issues and I heard God say that we will keep suffering with it, until His glory comes through.
How we go through things, whether or not we have the right attitude, if we are complaining, if we are allowing ourselves to learn something, if we are changing; how we grow through it determines how long we will go through it. And if we are not growing through it, God is not getting any glory and we will find ourselves continuing in it, until He does.
Some things we are going through repeatedly, over and over… oh, it may stop, but just when we thought it was over, it picks up again and it’s because we have not allowed God to be glorified in that thing. And the only reason we thought it was over, is because God extended His hand of mercy and gave us some relief. But it will not be done, and you will continue to repeat it until God is glorified.
God says we were made for His glory. We were made to give Him glory. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
And until and unless we do what we were created to do, give God glory, God will not be finished with us, and neither will our suffering.
Just before Jesus went on the road to the cross knowing the suffering He was about to go through, He had a conversation with His disciples and He prayed this, “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.” (John 12:27-28). He knew what His purpose was, to bring glory to His Father, to bring glory to God through His suffering and the only way that He could do that was to grow whatever was on the Father’s agenda for Him. And suffering was a norm for Him, because the Scripture then says this, ‘Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” ‘ So Jesus suffered before, God was glorified and God was saying and I will be glorified again through Your suffering.
I am reminded of a song by Reverend Jackie McCullough, called God’s Not Finished. The words say this:
‘The weariness of life has crept upon me
Dark clouds now burst above my head
God's face appears although it veils from my presence
But with authority and love these words He says-
I'm not finished until My glory shines upon you
My workmanship is now being revealed
These things must be endured but for a moment
And I'm not finished until My glory can be seen’
God is not finished with you until His glory is revealed. Until His glory can be seen as the song says.
Until that circumstance or that situation or that person stops getting on your last nerve, you will remain where you are, going through. Until you learn how to act like you know, instead of reacting because of who you are, you will remain where you are, going through. Until someone comes to know God as their Provider, you will remain where you are. Until God’s glory is revealed to someone as Lord, as Savior, as Friend, as Redeemer, as Comforter, as a Shield, as a Hiding Place, you will remain where you are.
Yes life can be hard sometimes. Suffering is not easy. For anyone. But what we must suffer in no way compares to what Jesus suffered. And the Scripture says if you suffer with Him, you shall be glorified with Him. If you suffer with Him you shall also reign with Him. And that the sufferings of this present time are not even worthy enough to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us. HIS GLORY SHALL BE SEEN!!!
When someone sees what you are going through and how hard it is, but you still manage to lift up your hands (and your head) and bless the Lord, God has been glorified. When someone hears you say, though He slay me, yet will I trust Him, and walk in it, God has been glorified. When someone sees you suffer for the sake of the Kingdom, and yet turn the other cheek for someone to mistreat you again, God has been glorified. Every time you walk in agreement with the Word as a living witness to the goodness and the realness of God, God is glorified. And His glory has been revealed.
The song continues,
‘I'm not finished.. hear the words of My Father
The hour of change is fast approaching now
My grace will be imparted to you freely
For the glory of the Lord is soon to come.
With my hands upraised and the strength of heart within me
I shout a loud sustaining praise and now hope arises with a deeper faith and courage
For the glory of the Lord is being revealed.’
And you shall come out as pure gold.
God is real, let His glory be revealed in you.
A servant of the Lord,