Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

A Reason for Suffering

Having visited with lots of people in several different locales over the past few days, we have heard many stories of God’s work but also of many struggles that go on and on.  I thought of Job, whose experiences I’d read recently.  He hadn’t the faintest idea why he was being tested.  If only he could have known that God was using him to showcase His own glory!

Then in the book of John I found two similar statements:

A man was born blind “so the power of God could be seen in him.”  9:3

Lazarus’ sickness “happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.”  11:4

And the greatest event of all—Jesus’ death, though plotted by demons and opponents, was actually planned by God for His own glory—and our salvation. 

When I have a big or small problem, I hope I will remember to consider first how God’s glory and power may be displayed through the situation and my response. 

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