Glorified

Luke 7:15-16
And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.  And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

There is often a dual purpose in the things that Jesus does.  First, He has a very real and personal compassion for those things that hurt us in life.  Here was a widow who’d lost her only son.  And besides the grief and sadness of losing her child were all the implications she faced of not having a husband or a son to fulfill those roles in her life.  She experiences the extreme pain of that, but then Jesus comes by and performs this amazing miracle and turns her sorrow into joy.

But then God is also glorified greatly.  The work of Jesus always pointed out the greatness of God and compelled people to praise Him and worship Him.  The things He was doing all over the place demonstrated the characteristics of God—His love, His power, His authority.  There was something in Him that people could recognize as coming from God, because the things He was doing were impossible for anyone else to do.

That dual purpose still applies to many situations in our lives.  God still cares about all those things that hurt us in life.  Sometimes we do have to endure things that are painful or tragic.  But when Jesus intervenes in those situations, God is very much glorified through them.  He is magnified in our own hearts and lives and in the lives of those around us who witness His amazing works on our behalf.  And that compels us to worship our Lord and glorify Him with much praise and thanksgiving.

One of the greatest truths about God is that He is with us.  He draws near to us.  He is here among us as we live our lives day by day.  And in the midst of that, He chooses to show us grace and mercy and to demonstrate His love to us in ways big and small.  He is still working in our world today, in our hearts, in hard situations.  He is still showing compassion to hurting hearts.  He is still performing miracles.  And if our eyes are open to what He is doing all around us, then all we can do is humbly fall to our knees and praise Him for His goodness as we glorify Him.

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