Galatians 1:23-24 NKJV — But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.”
And they glorified God in me.
As I was reading these verses, this morning, I was reminded of God’s incredible ways.
He takes what we see as tragic, horrible, loss, and transforms it into something incredible.
The Apostle Paul’s life is a wonderful testimony to God’s faithfulness and truth.
Romans 8:28 KJV — And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
And through His incredible works, which people see, God is glorified.
Galatians 1:24 NKJV — And they glorified God in me.
I didn’t understand this truth until four years ago.
My sight was skewed, I looked upon hard things as something we endure, something which teaches us about God.
But I didn’t realize it is an opportunity to praise Him, to glorify Him.
Sadly, in my twenties, I didn’t truly believe that God was working all things together for good.
I regret my self centered perspective and how I allowed the enemy to rob me of my joy through self-pity.
When disappointment came, I allowed resentment, rather than seeking the Lord for His path.
When loss came, I held on to faith with white knuckles, thinking my efforts were some how doing God a favor, rather than finding my faith built through praise, for He had given me such blessings through these departed loved ones.
When disagreements came, I stood rigid, unyielding, arrogantly thinking I understood the other’s motives, and holding them in the wrong, rather than gently expressing my fears and perspectives, listening with open heart, trust, and love to God, knowing that He was working through these things.
Even in the light of these past errors, I can praise God.
First, because He forgave me.
Second, because He has taught me through it.
Finally, because I have the understanding of past experiences, which I can share with others, encouraging them not to fall into the same errors I did.
Even in my regrets, God is working.
For He is good.
And like Paul, I want others to see what God has done in my life, and give glory to God.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for teaching me so much in my 45 years of life. I’m excited to see what else You have to teach me in today. Thank You for Your wonderous works. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for salvation. May the whole earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You! Amen.