Jeremiah 9: 23, 24, “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”
I wonder if we ever simply stop to think about how beautiful God is? Not just how good, or how kind, or how merciful, but, simply, how very, very beautiful He is? We should. The beauty of our God is unparalleled. Heaven is heaven simply because He is there. He, the most glorious of all and the only One Who matters, is among us and we, wretched self-centered people that we are, miss Him because our eyes are set on baubles and bangles. We trade the infinite for the finite and think ourselves wise.
Do we ever consider the honor–unparalleled by anything this world can offer–of simply serving Him? That He would even allow sinful creatures like us to come to Him and worship Him and have the honor of serving Him is amazing beyond all belief and, we, arrogant worms that we are, somehow see it as our right, or worse, consider that He is there to serve us!
We glory in so many things: our homes, our cars, our clothes…our jewels, our toys, our fun. We glory in our abilities (as though we had anything at all to do with having them) rather than glorying in the One Who lovingly bestowed all things upon us!
Don’t we see that the whole world is full of God’s glory? Isaiah 6: 3, “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” How is it that we fail to honor the One Who so deserves it? How dare we glory in anything other than Him? We are taught to glory only in Him: 2 Corinthians 10: 17, “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” How few of us do!
We fail to obey, we fail to glory in God alone, because we value so many, many things above Him. When we value anything more than we value Him, we are worshipping an idol. When we think on anything more than we think on Him, it has become our god. When we fail to understand God, when we believe Him to be Who we want Him to be rather than Who He has revealed Himself to be, it is a false god we are worshipping.
We fail to give the only true God the glory due His Name when we fail to search Him out, to read, to pray, to understand His Word, to understand the Cross. We fail to understand the vastness of the glory of God and the honor due Him when we think that anything this world has to offer has any lasting value. He alone is worthy! Galatians 6: 14, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
Our Lord is everything…and we miss it: I Timothy 1: 17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Everything that exists is for His glory and because of Him. It is HIS, not ours: Colossians 1: 16, 17, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
God will only stand our obstinance for so long and then, as He said to the Jews: Malachi 2: 2, “If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.”
I beg you, sisters, I beg you, brothers, let us fall on our faces and repent! We must repent of our foolishness, our shortsightedness, our love of this world, our love of self, of ease, of comfort. We must repent of not taking His holy Word seriously. We must repent of not being the people of God that we were redeemed to be. We must repent of being the sinful, stiff-necked, fun-loving, rebellious generation that we are. We must repent. We must learn to glory only in God. We must learn that “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”(1 Corinthians 10: 31)
We must give God the honor due His Name. We must obey Him! Malachi 1: 6, “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, …”
God takes His glory seriously: 1 Chronicles 16: 23-25, “Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. For great[is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.”
It would behoove us to take His glory seriously, also: Malachi 3: 16-18, “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”
Let us turn to Him and learn of Him. Let us study the Word and learn what it really says and repent of believing it to say any and everything that we want it to say. We cannot take God or His glory seriously if we do not know Him: 2 Peter 3: 18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen”
We’ve focused for far too long on ourselves. We’ve given much time, much thought to what we want. It is time to repent and turn to God. It is time to focus on His glory rather than on getting glory for ourselves. It is time to obey and give Him the honor that He so deserves. It is time to throw away the false man-centered gospel that has crippled the church and embrace the truth of the God-centered, Christ-redeemed, Holy Spirit-inspired, Cross-focused Gospel that has the power to save. It is time that we join with David and say, “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.” (Psalms 69: 9)
It is time for the people of God to become zealous for the glory of God.
Soli Deo gloria!
I Timothy 1: 17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”