And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:19-20)
The Glory Of The Father
Stop and think for a moment how many things we have from our Heavenly Father. John closed out his gospel saying if everything Jesus did were written one by one the world itself would not contain the books that would be written. Imagine how many books would be written if the glory of God was inscribed on paper – the known universe would not contain enough space to complete the picture. Consider the many ways God has supplied all our needs. The air we breathe comes by His hand. Our hearts beat continually because He set in motion our life. Did you worry the sun would not rise this morning? The abundance of this world declares the glory of the Father in every particle of its beauty. His hand is seen in the incredible portraits of nature from the flowers that grace the meadows to the mountains filled with snow. Oceans teem with innumerable fish and creatures fill the vast lands of the world. Every stroke of the Master’s brush in the canvas of nature declares the glory of God.
The glory of the Father is immense when viewed from the natural side of creation. This pales in comparison to His glory in the eternal man and how a loving Father gave man His only begotten Son – and for what reason? When the Lord created man, there was perfection in the harmony of God and man. Satan destroyed that paradise and the creation of God hated Him rebelling at His word. With great sadness, the Lord destroyed all men on the face of the earth save eight. Centuries later, fulfilling a promise made in the Garden of Eden, God sent His Son to show men the way of truth. They hated Jesus and murdered Him on the cross. Suspended between heaven and earth, God watched His only begotten Son writhe in horrific suffering as men jeered, mocked and spat on Him. The Father did nothing. Jesus died. The Father did something incredible. He raised His Son from the dead and glory came to the earth.
Everything man needs is found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. All of the desires of eternal man are glorified in the gift of God. The world is made up of corruptible things that will fade in time and be destroyed in the last day. Death haunts man with terrible consequence. Yet, in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God brought His glory to man in saving him from the sting of death and gave him a hope that will live beyond the grave. God’s glory is what measures the life of His children because they know life is not about the here and now but the joy of eternal promise. He supplies all our needs in Jesus Christ. Satan continues to destroy lives but God’s forgiveness washes away the stain of sin. God be glorified for the cleansing power of His mercy and grace.
Thank God today for His grace. He is to be glorified because of who He is, what He is and how much He has given us. There will never be a day when we can repay the debt we owe the Father. He gave us a gift that is without measure. What He gave us was His glory. The riches of His love covers us with a peace that passes all understanding. Jesus died for me. Yes, Jesus died for me. Thank you God for your glory. It is amazing.
The grace of God transcends all our feeble efforts to describe it. It cannot be poured into any of our mental receptacles without running over. (Vance Havner; 1901-1986)