“The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift.” — Francis Chan
Sometimes God is doing something in your life for others to see. Your life is part of a greater story that He is weaving, a bigger picture. Sometimes the things that are happening in our life are not just for our own living and experience but for those around us. God uses our lives to demonstrate His reality and grace.
We are called to know Him and make Him known.
Jesus said to his disciples Lazarus is dead and for your sake I am glad so that you may believe.
At the tomb entrance Jesus prayed I have said this for the benefit of the people standing here, so that they may believe you sent me””
In the prison where Paul and Silas were chained and singing – the other prisoners were listening. Paul and Silas’ captivity just wasnt about them but it was part of the bigger picture.
So what does this say about God?
It says that God is at work in all circumstances of my life. It says that He knows that is going on and that He is the master author of the story of my life. He is big enough to know all the plot twists.
Isaiah 55 says For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.
God is good. All the time. We say that, almost as a catch phrase. Nike, just do it. 30 seconds spray and walk away. Bazinga. May the force be with you. God is good. All the time.
But it’s not just a catch phrase. There is a reality there that sometimes we dismiss. Sometimes our heart says God is good when life is good. Full stop. We dont allow the phrase to stretch over into other, more painful areas, of our life.
I was reading in Job the other night – and we know Job’s catch phrase – Though he slay me, I will trust Him” (job 13:15) – and in job 1 I was blown away again by Job’s response and real life action w hen he heard his sheep were dead, his camels were dead, his kids were dead etc
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I shall depart.[c]
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.’
We often colour God with the same crayolas humanity are coloured in. People have bad intentions. People have grumpy pmt days. People mess with ya. People vomit their own negative emotions over you. Their motivations are squewed and they’re living for number one.
But God is good, all the time. He doesn’t have bad intentions. He doesn’t have bad hair days. His motivations are correct. He isn’t messing with your life. Everything He does is filled with goodness. Everything He does comes from a heart of goodness. Everything He does is right. God does nothing by accident. He is an on purpose God.
What does this say about me?
“You’re either going to live your life defined by what you go through or by Who you belong to.” @Stevenfurtick
Jesus said in this life you WILL have trouble, but trouble does not need to define you or discourage you. You can rise because Jesus is risen. You can have hope because God is faithful to His promises. You can be joyous because God is at work. You can have peace because God gives peace despite what is going on around us.
My choice is to say YES to God and to believe.
Those dark days may be the most richest, character forming, life changing of your life. They certainly were for Lazarus, for his sisters, for his community, for the disciples.
Jesus did something remarkable through Lazarus’ life and death that was on centre stage for everyone to see. Lazarus’ death and then resurrection were for all to see. They were part of a greater story that God was weaving.
What is God doing in your life? What does He want to demonstrate to the world around you? What is the big picture?