Can God Get Glory from My Life?
by Dominique Henderson
Lately I have been challenged in my walk with the Lord to demonstrate my trust in him. The other day, one of my favorite speakers was expounding on how we should trust the Lord unquestionably and blindly. Why? Because after exploring and experiencing the Creator’s nature we have no reason not to trust the One who has everything
and everyone under his control and authority. For believers, this is a wonderful tool for faith and belief to grow up spiritually. If I can understand that the Creator is in control with a perfect plan, that involves me in some little way and that all of life’s circumstances are divinely sifted through his hand, then I can be worry-free. He inspects every
trial and situation before it enters my life and molds and shapes it to tailor fit his plan for me because he is just as near and ever-present to me personally (in our relationship) as he is high and lifted up on the throne of heaven far above the Earth. Imminent but yet transcendent! Wow! That alone deserves praise! Glory be to God! Let me
get on to the lesson for today. I hope that this will bless you.
Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit…gives me clarity to my situation. Look at the psalmist David in Psalm 23. The first three verses show how David was clear on God’s role in his situation. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. This is a declarative statement from an individual that has experienced God personally. This is
probably why Chuck Swindoll says that as a believer you have to study so that you can begin to “know” God [experientially]. Do not get me wrong, we will ever get to a point of understanding God fully or comprehending him totally. However, we definitely can love and trust him even more by acquiring knowledge about his characteristics.
Again, the Lord is my shepherd. This statement says a lot from a person that used to be a shepherd. Think about it. David understood the relationship of sheep to shepherd. It was a relationship of total reliance on the part of the sheep. The sheep was vulnerable to all kinds of threats if it were not for the caring protection of the shepherd.
In addition, David declares that Lord as his shepherd and because of that fact there is (and will be) no want in his life. God takes care of all of his needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (see Philippians 4:19). To take this statement to heart brings a sigh of relief to the believer that is worrying over a particular situation.
Understand this, God is control—not you! Look at verse 2. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. Again, the Good Shepherd knows his sheep (see John 10:14). He knows that they will be nervous if they are walking along rushing waters. Therefore, he finds rest for them by quiet and still waters. God is
thoughtful in his nature. He understands that clarity to our situation comes when we are calm, not anxious. It comes when the Holy Spirit can speak to us quietly in our hearts. The Holy Spirit leads us down the paths of righteousness as we hold up the name of the Lord. We must also understand that as believers we represent the kingdom
of God and his name. He will not allow his name to be shamed so he works out situations in our lives to bring glory to his name and then we benefit as a by-product of that. Moreover, what does that do for us? It brings restoration. He restores my soul. God has always been in the business of restoration. From the beginning, he knew us.
He knew we would need a Savior, a Deliverer, and a Redeemer in his Son Jesus. Therefore, since he loved us so much, he sent Jesus as our Redeemer to die and provide for the way back to him. Restoration.
Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit…gives me confidence.
(To be continued)
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