January 12, 2015
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” John 12:27-28 ESV
In The Valley Of Vision, “Living By Prayer” says, “I can only succeed when I pray according to thy precept and promise, and to be done with as it pleases thee, according to thy sovereign will. When thou commandest me to pray for pardon, peace, brokenness, it is because thou wilt give me the thing promised, for thy glory as well as for my good. Help me not only to desire small things but with holy boldness to desire great things for thy people, for myself, that they and I might live to show thy glory.”
Here we see Jesus troubled with no desire to suffer the pain of the cross, but obedient to the will of God. He does not seek his own relief, but longs for the glory of God. In his book, The Red Sea Rules, Robert J. Morgan points this out with rule number two: “Be More Concerned for God’s Glory Than for Your Relief.” In that chapter he writes – “The next time you’re overwhelmed, instead of asking, “How can I get out of this mess?” try asking, “How can God be glorified in this situation?” One’s perspective is entirely changed by the spiritual realities behind that approach.”
Are you going through a difficulty in your life that is overwhelming? Perhaps you are suffering through the passing of a loved one. Maybe you are battling a deadly disease. Perhaps the Lord has asked you to do something that you know would require a great sacrifice. Remember that when we do it for the glory of God, it will always work out for our good even though we may not be able to see it in the moment.
Paul wrote to the Romans, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 ESV
In your trouble, trial, or difficulty look for the glory of God and you will get through.