God Thoughts (2)

“…I have created for My glory.”  Isaiah 43.7

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard or read Isaiah 43.6-7, the passage I quoted last time.  Although I don’t remember when I first came across the idea that God put us here for His glory, I do remember thinking that the quote above was about me or us trying to do things that made God happy or made Him look good, and that this must somehow be the point of the Christian life.

Today I shudder to think I could have been so wrong!  I now realize that the way I thought about God then is what drove my misunderstanding of how to live the Christian life.  It just illustrates how important it is to let God show us His true self, the very thing He has willed to do all along.

You see when God creates something or someone, that creation by nature is an expression of God’s glory.  As a painting reveals the skill and the mind of the painter, God’s creations reveal much about Him. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”  (Psalm 19.1)  God puts His glory in His creations thus enabling them to glory God.

So when we consider “space” – the heavens, the sky – and are overwhelmed with the magnificence or glory of it, take it one step further and consider the One who created it.  How utterly Magnificent is the One who created something as magnificent as space!

Now remember that in Isaiah 43.6-7 God is talking about us, His sons and daughters created by Him and bearing His image.  He has made us to be glorious creations which gives us the power to glorify Him.  Only creations made glorious by God’s creative work can glorify Him.  We, you and I, can do this because God put that into us.

The simplicity of this is brilliant and deeply liberating when we come to realize that we don’t have to try to figure out what we can do to make God happy or make Him look good.  Like the heavens and the sky, we make Him look good as we learn to be just what He created us to be, the glorious high point of His magnificent creation.

What do you think?

God Thoughts

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”  AW Tozer

Eventually, at some point in our walk with God, we must ask Him “why”?

This is not the “why” of disappointment with God or of moral failure on our parts or of persecution or suffering.  Any child can react to life’s realities and feel entitled to seek an answer for his discomfort or disappointment or debility.

This “why” is deeper and comes from the core of our being.  It is the existential “why” of wanting to know the reason, the purpose or the place our lives are meant to fill.  Yes, this is the “why am I here” question.

Sometimes we all want a diagram showing the way things really are with everything drawn out to scale and labeled and with a big “You Are Here” arrow that points to a spot on the diagram that shows our location and our connection to all the other pieces.

The Bible offers us this:

Bring My sons from afar And My daughters from the ends of the earth, Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”  Isaiah 43:6-7

God says we were created for His glory.  If this is so, then we are here for a purpose much bigger than ourselves.  When we begin to get our minds around this idea as the very best answer to the deeper “why” question, all the other lesser “whys” are answered as well.

I hope you’ll walk with me through this process of renewing and redeeming our God thoughts so we can experience more fully God’s will for our lives.