DEVOTION – DAY 40

Isaiah 43:7 – “Created for God’s glory”

 

Isaiah 43:7: “Everyone who is created by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

Have you ever wondered why God created you? Isaiah 43:7 holds the answer. God tells us that He created us for His glory. Now, some of us may know this but how many fully understand what it means? Until we know what it means, only then, will we fully appreciate its significance. To give God glory means to give Him great honor and praise.

To give God glory would include some of the following examples. A woman was rushed to the hospital. She was diagnosed with a serious illness with no known cure. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she decided to draw her strength from the Lord and take one day at a time. With supportive family members and a good maid, she manages to go to church, to join a Bible Study group. When others see her coping, they know it is God who is her main source of strength and people give praise to God. People give God the glory.

A man’s wife decided to end her marriage and left him and their two sons. He was very sad. But for the sake of his sons, he kept the family together and drew strength from the Lord. He made the necessary adjustments to maintain his job and be a single parent to his two sons. Throughout this time of great pressure, he stayed close to God and asked many to pray for him. Looking back, he can only praise and thank God because on his own, he would have simply given up and try to end his own life.

A couple were joyful when God blessed them with a son. But as time passed, they noticed that their son was very withdrawn. They had their son tested and found that he had special needs. Although saddened, they chose to ask God to grant them the wisdom to raise their son to be God fearing and to know when to celebrate their son’s special gifting and when to show patience in the areas he is slow at. This couple would testify that the Lord sustained them through the years as they raised their only son and they could not imagine how they could have done it without God in their lives. All glory goes to Him.

Yes, life can be full of problems. We can choose to be depressed or ask God to help us make the best of it. When we choose to do the latter, we have the opportunity to give Him all the glory.

 

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for being our rock and fortress and ever-present help.  May we always live lives of victory despite our circumstances and give you all the glory. In Jesus Christ wonderful name we pray. Amen.

 

Questions

  1. Identify 3 situations that was difficult for you to go through. In each of these situations, how can you give God the glory?
  2. In facing difficult situations, how do you choose to respond and does your actions glorify God?
  3. When was the last time you gave glory to God? What happened?