In the post just before this one, “In between a rock and a hard place,” I mentioned that there were two different lessons that we could learn from seeing that single wildflower growing in a see of concrete. The first was that nothing can ever separate us from our Life-Source–God and the love that He has for us. Here’s another thing that we can learn from this flower…
2. God is glorified through our suffering.
After first reading this, walls of defensiveness may come up and make you wonder, “If God is so good, why does He receive glory when we, His children, are suffering?”
God does not receive glory from the actual suffering. 1 John says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” James 1:13, 16 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one…Every good and perfect gift is from above.” Since we believe these verses are true, we know that God does not impose suffering, sin, and other forms of darkness on us.
Therefore, God is glorified when we are in the midst of suffering and yet turn to Him! Let me make this clear, though. God does not need us to make Him any better. God is already perfect. Even when we sin against Him, God is still perfect. Glorifying God, therefore, is not satisfying some kind of ego that we sometimes believe that God has. Instead, glorying God is a crucial step for us in growing a closer relationship with Him. When we glorify God, we make the decision to love God and worship Him instead of the world.
If you have extra time, read John 9:1-6. I’ll be back to talk about this in the next post!