Why We Have Trouble Seeing God's Glory... By Lynette Duquette (SUMite)
Some of us in the SUM community were talking about God's word for us in 2014. What specific word is going to be used to propel us this year? I believe mine, through various circumstances, is glory...God's glory, and in these last days there is a hunger for God's glory. The visible, tangible type of glory that is overwhelming. The Hebrew word for glory is kabod. The root word means 'heavy'. I know there have been times during worship that God's glory was so 'heavy' I could hardly move. God's glory is also defined as His riches, power, justice, and majesty. How often do we cry out “show me Your glory”?
I said that God gave me the word glory for the year so I started looking up scriptures referencing God's glory. I looked up sermons online about it. Bill Johnson has one posted on You Tube, so I sat down and watched it. As I watched, some of the things he said really gave me a serious gut check. Why? Recently, I obtained a third job doing activities in a nursing home. I love the job, I get to pray for those elderly folks who may be ending their journey on this earth soon. But, I am so busy now! Honestly, my time with the Lord has suffered.
Two of the quotes that really stuck with me from Bill's sermon is 'Busyness is the enemy of God's glory.' and 'Constant introspection cause us to not see the glory, because we are so focused on ourselves.'
Luke 10:38-42 says- Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her. ESV
Romans 12:22 says- Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. NIV
I often wonder what Martha would have seen or experienced had she not been so very busy. Would she have seen a healing? A sinner forgiven? In the eyes of the world, busyness is seen as a place of pride. “Look how much I accomplish!” In the eyes of God though, how much of what we try to accomplish is for the Lord, or for the world? What can we truly accomplish without His presence? Busyness does not mean fruitfulness. It also doesn't just mean all the good we think we are doing, it can mean focusing on the not so good. “I did this wrong, I sinned this way, I'm not good enough.” The lies of the enemy and God's glory cannot exist together. I cannot tell you many times my mind has been busy with those types of thoughts!
Surprisingly, this is also seen as pride. Any type of self-focus can be considered pride. I looked up the definition of pride, and one of the definitions was a group of lions. This scripture then came to me-
1Peter 5:8- Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Wow! The devil lost his place in heaven and being in the presence of God's glory, because of pride! After reading this, do you recognize where God's glory has been hidden from you? Are you unable to see it? What can you change about your busyness to make sure His glory shows up in your life?
Love to my fellow Sumites,
I am a mom, wife of an unbeliever, and I came to Christ shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. I enjoy photography, reading and writing. I love to be outdoors and anything having to do with nature and animals. I currently work at a nursing home with dementia patients. My journey was set afire again after meeting Lynn and Dineen in Texas a couple years ago, and I have an insatiable hunger after God! God has been opening new doors and closing others. I never imagine how this this faith journey could be so hard yet so amazing at the same time!