Day Four: Created for His Glory
Today's Treasure: Read Isaiah 43:1, 4, 7; 10
Savor Stormie O’ Martian’s list titled Ten Things God Never Says…
2. “What have I done?”
3. “How did I let that happen?”
4. “I made a mistake.”
5. “It was an accident.”
6. “I don’t know what to do.”
7. “I’m afraid of what will happen now.”
8. “I can do better than this.”
9. “What do you think I should do?”
10. Why didn’t I think of that?”
In Stormie’s matter-of-fact words, "The reason it is important to know these
things that God never says is because it means He never says them about you either. Everything God created is good. He says so Himself. That includes you and me" (The Prayer that Changes Everything 36).
Today’s scripture reminds us that not only does God view us as His “good” creation, but He also sees each of us as a masterpiece with a distinct purpose. According to Isaiah 43:7; we have been made for HIS GLORY. That truth is an awesome piece of our uniqueness. Scripture does not mention any other animal, plant, or planet that was created specifically for God’s glory. Humans alone fill that role. Isaiah 61:3 predicts that God’s people “… will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.”
Note Scripture doesn’t say, “You bring me glory when you DO good things for me…” Nor does it say, “You bring me glory when you are all cleaned up and looking good” No, we bring God glory simply because we are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). The more we “rub up” against the King of Glory, the more He “rubs off” on us. Ponder these fictionalized words of Jesus penned by William Young in his stirring literary masterpiece, The Shack:
“I am not about performance and fitting into man-made structures; I am about being. As you grow in relationship with me, what you do will simply reflect who you really are"(italics mine, page148).
Perhaps it's time to for us to linger with our Glorious Savior long enough for Him to show us who are really are.
Parent’s Pondering: Do I view my children as a showcase of God’s glory or as a tribute to my own credit? Today, let your children know you love them just for BEING, not for DOING.