He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life
How’s God Going to get the Glory out of this????
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1 Peter 1:6-7(NLT)
My Gayle and I have been trading tales of woe lately. Nobody is trying to one-up the other; we’re just slogging through life’s rough patches side by side. There is a friendship poem that romanticizes girlfriends who cheer you on from the rim when you’re walking life’s lonesome valleys…not us, we’re in the valley together, shoulder to shoulder, back to back when necessary.
I won’t bore you with the details, they evolve day to day and aren’t the point of the story. As we laughed this morning, we arrived at the following analogy…surviving tough times is like having a big piece of duct tape stuck in your hair and deciding to pull it out….no one chooses that option first, no one willingly suffers that indignity (not to mention the PAIN) unless it is the sole option, and finally, the lesson you learn is hard won, because very few people are ever going to be hapless enough to end up where we always seem to land.
So, we are strong. We are fearless, though not be choice; we are resilient, because we cannot imagine not walking through the valleys thereby missing the vistas on the other side. We know with the victory comes praise, but we can’t help asking, in our humanity, “How is God going to get the Glory out of this???”
We have always agreed that God’s got jokes. Sometimes, we muse about the sound of His Laughter, and how we can hear it in the distance; we are able to laugh instead of cry. Our faith gives us fortitude, because this couldn’t be all there is (grief, misery, pain, loss, disaster) …
So, for all the rest of the skeptical Christians (you know who you are….) heed the words of Peter in his teachings to ancient believers suffering under the tyranny of the Emperor Nero…” be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.” It ain’t great right now, but the Promises of God include “much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” as a reward for constant faith.
So, the next time you hear God’s laughter in the distance, be encouraged…you can’t yet see the solution to the riddle but be assured, God’s going to get all the Glory at your Deliverance, even though you are, once again, the subject of the lesson (or butt of the Divine joke). And laughter at your own expense, with the promise of Joy forthcoming, is ever more evidence that God is Good.