“What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism Question No. 1)
Have you prayed that God would be glorified (manifest Himself) in a set of circumstances, or by your actions?
I had rarely, if ever, done that in about 30 years of being a Christian. That is sad, but true.
One night it struck me to pray that God would be glorified in the whole divorce case.
I prayed for all those involved in my divorce case, that God would work in their lives to bring them into His kingdom, if they were not already. Also, I prayed for my children and other family members.
I prayed that prayer at a time when the legal matter was becoming increasingly frustrating and stressful. The judge didn’t believe my testimony or my mother’s.
I previously underlined Psalm 88 verses 1-3 on 5-22-2014:
“O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before You; turn your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave.”
I wasn’t near the grave, but threats of incarceration had been constant companions for more than two years. My soul was indeed troubled.
During security checks on weekend nights at a part-time security guard job, I would end my rounds on the top level of parking decks, five and six stories high. It was between midnight and 4 a.m.
On clear nights, the moon and stars would beam. I would sit down for several minutes on the concrete and just stare at the night sky. Inside I was crying out to God for relief. The occasions reminded me of one of my favorite verses in the Bible.
“He (God) took him (Abram) outside and said, ‘Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ Abram believed the LORD and he credited to him as righteousness.” Gen. 15:5-6 (1)
The stars indeed could not be counted.
I claimed to be a son of Abraham and had to believe like Abram did when God told him he and his wife would have a son in their old age. I had to believe that God would use all the horrific events that tore my family apart since late 2011 to make Himself known, to glorify Himself, to cause men to praise Him.
Earlier in Chapter 15, God encouraged Abram to not be afraid. The Lord told Abram that He was Abram’s shield, his “very great reward.”
While emotionally horrific, the divorce case sent me deep into God’s Word. God was showing me that He was my “very great reward.”
He is yours too.