Father, Glorify Your Name!
Published by Terri Smith on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:19am
By: Steve Becker
“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
A supervisor is faced with an angry employee who disagrees with the direction being given. A job applicant is still looking for a job after two years. A father is facing a teenager who is hanging around with the wrong crowd. An employee is underpaid and undervalued. A business owner’s costs are rising, his existing business is being undercut by competitors, and his cash flow is evaporating. He feels the full weight of the business on his shoulders. A woman suffers in hospice in the final stages of a painful cancer. These are real situations I know about right now. As with Esther, this is their time.
Through the centuries, we have had brothers and sisters faithfully go before us and live out their faith with commitment and courage. They did it in different times, in different cultures, in different positions and different circumstances. Those were their times. These are our times to be faithful and faith-filled. Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses let us throw off anything that hinders us (Hebrews 12:1).
Maybe we don’t have an official royal position like Esther, but the unfolding of God’s kingdom is indeed royal. We are in positions through God’s grace. God is with us in good times and bad to bring forth his kingdom. Paul knew the ups and downs of life. He states with confidence, I can do everything through him who gives me strength (see Philippians 4:11-13).
That one who gives us strength is Jesus Christ who fills us with his Spirit and power. He’s the one who stated, when faced with his own impending death and suffering, Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? "Father, save me from this hour"? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name! (John 12:27-28)
Let this be our cry: “Father, we accept this situation, this circumstance. You’ve called us to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”
May the Father interrupt our cry, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again!”
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: What is happening in your hour? What is your “royal” position? How does God want you to express your faith?