When daily “Quiet Time” is about me, I will struggle and fail repeatedly. Finding the rhythm of walking in step with Him never fully materializes when I use God as an means to an end: getting what I want. When life becomes about God Himself, about knowing Him, seeking Him, hearing Him, seeing His glory and majesty, then it is a thrill, a delight and an adventure.
Seeking God is never all about me, my needs, my desires, or my feelings. It’s always about Him. Still the coolest thing happens as we step into His presence day by day; everything we need is supplied. Every desire we have is satisfied. We are transformed and empowered to live – to really live.
So often, we seek His goodness but not His glory. We want just enough of a good God to mend our marriage, beef up our bank account, care for our children, keep us comfortable, secure success . . . We approach Him with a what-can-you-do-for-me attitude and then we wonder when spiritually speaking we feel empty, flat, and disconnected from the Divine.
1 Corinthians 10:31 reminds us, ” . . . Weather you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.” How concerned are you about God’s glory? It is His name that matters – His glory that must be preeminent.
When seeking God’s glory becomes our primary goal, nothing can stand in the way. Not hardship, peril, persecution, sorrow, sickness or any other obstacle. If we’re willing, God can always be glorified in and through the circumstances of our lives.
Instead of what do I want, what do I think, what do I feel, what do I want to see happen, we ask instead: “What do You want, Lord? What do You think, Mighty God? What do You want to see happen? What do You want to say today? Show me Your glory!” In this process, our longings change from what God can do for me to discovering Who He is and experiencing Him in all His fullness. Over time, we realize it’s true. He alone is more than enough for me!
Viewing the handiwork of our Creator God recently in Alaska provided the perfect setting for taking the focus off of my tiny, little self-world. Hard to be real concerned or impressed with self when standing at the base of a seemingly endless mountain range, or while tracking a bald eagle soaring above those same majestic mountains.
We saw pods of killer whales feeding,
sea lions sunning, otters playing while floating on their backs and one, lone puffin who had not yet migrated south. A momma bear and her two cubs crossed the road in front of our rental car. There were moose, BIG moose, even in town. What a world! What a reminder of our glorious God.
Wouldn’t you agree, He is worthy of glory?