And so begins another walk through Proverbs. I hope you are reading along with me each day. There is so much to discover!
1 The proverbs of Solomon…2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; 4…prudence…knowledge and discretion…
23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my heart to you, and will make my heart known to you.
26…when disaster strikes you… 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm…when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
None of us is exempt from disaster, calamity, storms, distress and trouble. The key word here is “when,” not “if.” When they come, our view of God must be in the right place or we will despair, give up, give in, and quit.
Instead of asking, “Lord, save us from this hour,” (taken from John 12:27, when Jesus said, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”), let’s take our cue from Jesus and ask, “Lord, how might You receive the most glory from this situation?”
God knew “it” was coming. Somehow using the chaos of sin for His own purposes, redeeming those who are His, and displaying His power and glory SO THAT WE CAN SEE HIM THE MOST CLEARLY: His love, His mercy, and His grace. In our circumstances, events which are beyond our control, we are involuntary, meaning that there are things that happen to us that we didn’t cause; they just happen. But, once we are in them and become aware of what is happening, we become voluntary, meaning that we have two choices.
One is that we choose to give God glory, embrace our circumstances, and work to display His glory. Two is that we reject the God-given opportunity and, instead, become angry and bitter and hold God responsible for not “blessing” us as we expected Him to do.
The first way makes us grow in maturity and Christ-likeness; the other way stunts our spiritual growth.
The first way brings glory to His name. The second way brings scorn to His name.
It’s hard to get our minds around God’s perspective. Actually, it’s impossible, but He does give us windows into His perspective. He sees us and how we fit into His Plan from before Adam and the Fall all the way into eternity. We have trouble seeing beyond this life. Let’s not forget that He has other plans than just this life for us, and it’s much BETTER than anything we can experience in this life. Check out this verse:
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am [going], and to see my [restored] glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24
How should we view the disasters, calamities, storms, distresses and troubles in this life? We should see them as opportunities to display God’s glory. His grace is, indeed, sufficient. Just ask Paul (2 Corinthians 12:8). Let’s take his attitude and boast all the more gladly about our weaknesses [circumstances], so that Christ’s power may rest on us, and that those around us will see a glorious God in and through us!