Monday, January 7, 2013

glory to God

in 2012, i decided to read through the bible in a year.  it had been a few years since i'd done it, and i enjoyed the challenge.  three chapters a day, and five on sundays - simple.  i stayed on top of it all year long, except the last 10 days.  so when january rolled in, i was a bit behind, but managed to finish the whole bible by january 3rd.  pretty happy about that :)

this year, i'm going to try to read topically instead of cover to cover.  i'm planning to do 50 mini-studies on whatever piques my interest.

my first study is titled glory to God, and i'm curious about how and why and how again.

i found something cool.

glorify means "to speak praise" or "to make glorious; to cause so to appear."

in joshua 7, and again in john 9, people were trying to get someone to tell the truth.  and they prefaced it by saying "give glory to God."

so either it glorifies God when we tell the truth, or else praising God makes us more willing to be truthful.

i'm guessing it's both.

i think i've got a mental block or something, because God has to show me this all the time, but anything glorifies God that displays His character.  and since God is truthful, truthfulness glorifies Him - it's a mini-print of Him.

when we display God's character, we "cause so to appear."  it's not that we create or add to His glory, but we put it on display.

He hides His glory.
we uncover it.  reveal it.

it is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out - proverbs 25:2

there's so much more to find :).

mmhmm.  in everything.

2 comments:

  1. Oh Janelle... I love how you word things and make it jump off the page.
    "anything glorifies God that displays His character" - thanks!
    And congratulations on getting through the bible in a year... I have it as a goal this year.....

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    1. thanks janna! good luck - i know you can do it :).

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