Some days it seems certain trials in my life will never end. My thought can be, It feels like this is lasting forever. When I get caught up in the mindset that these harsh circumstances are never going to change—that they are lasting longer than I can tolerate, discouragement sets in.
A song I heard lately reminded me that not one of my trials is going to go on forever. What will last forever is the praise and honor—the glory–I bring to God through how I allow my Lord to use those trials to magnify His name.
Next I remembered a verse in Scripture which communicates that not only are my trials and troubles not forever circumstances, but they are light and momentary.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV
Instead of complaining about the difficulties I’m going through, I need to be asking, “Lord, how I can bring glory to You through all of this?”
When I’ve asked that question in the past, He has been faithful to show me.
God has used the hard times in my marriage to bring glory to Himself by healing our marriage and allowing me to speak and write about His faithfulness which draws others to Him and His healing power.
He has done the same in many other areas of my walk with Him which involve suffering.
Instead of having as a goal—to try to put an end to this trial or trouble—my renewed goal is to bring God glory through all of this.
Here is what I read on a website called “All About God:”
“Believers are called to give glory to God by what we say and do. It does not mean that we are adding to the glory God already has. It means we are revealing the glory of God to the world through our words, lifestyle, and behavior. It also means that we are giving God our praise and adoration.”
I’m rediscovering it’s during times of suffering and trial that I have more opportunities to bring God glory. When others see that I handle difficulties in a way that is not natural but supernatural, they will ask me “Why?” and “How?” and I can point them to the Lord, which brings Him glory.
This is what I read today in the devotional Abba Calling by Charles Slagle:
“Struggling One, Why do you still doubt? Haven’t I worked mighty miracles for you even recently? Of course this battle will not go on forever—certainly not for a lifetime! Do you really imagine that I would lead us to wage an unwinnable war?”
In reading this, I was reminded that God has a purpose in everything that I face—that it’s not for nothing or just so He can watch me suffer. He is using each and every trail for my good and for His glory. His goal is to bring me to victory. Yes, it may take time from my point of view, but it will be worth it, and my patience and trust bring Him glory.
I pray for the grace to fully embrace these truths that I know, but which I too often fail to remember.
Lord, may I bring glory to You today and forever. Amen.
“Glory to God,Forever” by Steve Fee