John 12:28-50 (NKJV) Father, glorify Your name.”
At the end of the day, the best thing you can pray when facing the challenges of life is, “Father, glorify Your name through this.”
The beauty of this is it gets the focus off your problem and onto God. Actually, it gets the focus off you period and makes your life (the good and bad) about Him–and that is always the best thing.
- The ONE THING for today: The more your life is about allowing to God to make His name known through your life and less about you and your reputation, the happier you will be.
And here’s the good news, if God’s name is exalted and honored in your life there is no way you can lose.
It’s sort of like the new apple recipe my wife tried out on the family Monday night. Honestly, it was incredibly good—I’ve never tasted a better piece of apple pie. I had no problem giving her lavish praise—it was a small price to pay for getting to enjoy that piece of pie.
It gets better, last night I arrived home late. Sonja was out for her monthly Lit & Latte women’s group meeting. But on the counter with a little note was the last piece of that apple pie. The note explained that she had saved it for me, in spite of David Lee, our grandson’s, best efforts to get it. That’s what giving sincere “glory” to someone will do.
I know, I can hear you say, “Well it’s easy to give glory to someone when they have prepared a delicious apple pie for you. But what God’s cooked up for me is nothing near a slice of delicious apple pie.”
I understand. But don’t judge God’s “cooking skills” before he gets it out of the oven. Right now you may be going through the fire; but when the cooking is done you will not be disappointed.
God will not let you down.
1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV)
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,