He Loves Me!
This devotional is a series of excerpts from Wayne Jacobsen's life changing book, He Loves Me! Download a PDF of this book by clicking the link below.
Day 55: Father, Glorify Your Name
We were made for this! When God fashioned the first humans he designed them body, mind and soul so they could participate in his glory and share in his pleasure. If you've ever known that glory, either just sitting in his presence communing with him or having just seen him use you to reveal himself to someone else, you know what I'm talking about. At such moments it seems time itself stands still. Waves of joy sweep across us and it is so incredible, that you feel if you were made just for that one moment your life would have had a wealth of meaning. "I was made for this."
And you were.
Jesus knew that about himself. Faced with two choices, "Father, save me!" or "Father, glorify your name," he chose the latter. He knew the only real glory existed in fulfilling the Father's purpose in his life regardless of the circumstances. As much as he might have dreaded the agony of the cross, he knew he had come into the world for that moment.
"Father glorify your name."
This is the prayer that the Father always answers. "Father, may the purpose for which you have created me and placed me where you have in the world be fulfilled completely." It is the prayer that disarms our self-interest and asserts our trust that the Father who made us and who loves us so deeply knows us better than we know ourselves.
We make this choice not one time for our entire life; but in the immediacy of each situation we face. When I didn't get the job I wanted, the raise I deserved, or the medical report I hoped for: "Father, save me!" or "Father, glorify your name."
We face it when we're the subject of malicious gossip or the object of someone's selfish act. "Father, save me!" or "Father, glorify your name."
We confront it when we face people in need, the opportunity to speak the truth where it will cost us, or when we can take up the cause of the powerless. "Father, save me!" or "Father, glorify your name."
We engage it when the dark storm surrounds us, and when trials overwhelm us. "Father, save me!" or "Father, glorify your name."
It's not the words we use that matter here, but the cry of our heart. Choose to save yourself and you will find yourself resisting God when you don't even mean to. You'll end up praying against the very things God is using to transform you. You'll miss his attempts to help because they won't look like the thing you want.
I've got to be honest. I have spent most of my life praying "save me" prayers. I didn't always know that's what I was doing, but simply thinking that God would want the best for me defined in my terms.
But God has taught me over and over again in this journey that he knows best about everything. The way I would solve my problems and help other people would do more damage to us all than he would allow. When he denied me the thing that I wanted it was because he had a better way not only to deal with my circumstance but change me in the process. In almost every situation it seems that what God is doing is the opposite of what I would do.
When he wanted to teach me to trust him more, I prayed he would fix things so I wouldn't have to. When he wanted to lead me into the fullest participation of what he made me to be, I prayed he would just make me happy. When he wanted to change my character so I would represent his heart to others, I wanted him to leave me the way I was and not allow me to be caught in situations where the "old Wayne" would surface.
I'm so glad he won, more often in spite of my prayers than because of them. I want him to continue, I really do. I want him to use everything in my life to shape me to be more like him so that he can fulfill in me the purpose for which he made me.
In him we were also chosen...according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we...might be for the praise of his glory. -Ephesians 1:11-12