Beaver Dam Baptist Church
Thursday, July 18, 2019
It's A Great Day in Beaver Dam

The Glory of God and the good of the community

          

The Glory of God and the Good of the community:

  Throughout the Bible, the glory of God is perceived and revealed again and again. Every time the daybreak comes and the darkness is dispelled, God is glorified because it shows His handiwork. Every time the stars come out at night, God is glorified. Every time a rainbow appears after it rains, God is glorified. Every time a seed germinates and turns into something new, God is glorified. However, God is glorified most when we, as his finest creation, bring honor to His name.

            Glory, in one sense of the word, means simply "honor". This is the meaning of the term in Isaiah 43:7 where God speaks of children, "Whom I created for my glory" and again in Romans 3:23 which says that all, "have sinned and come short of the glory of God." In John 17:5, the Lord Jesus speaks of the, "glory, which he had with God before the foundation of the world"; the glory and honor that belongs to the Trinity and should be given to God by everything in the universe.

            Glory, in another sense, is the light that is created and sustained by the inner character of His holiness and is manifested without and appears as an appropriate outward expression of His own excellence. It is called the Schechinah Glory of God. The glory of God is often mentioned in the Old Testament in such passages as Psalms 24:10, "Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory!" Also in Psalms 104:1-2,  "O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with honor and majesty, you who cover yourself with light as with a garment…."

 

            When the glory of God descended upon Mt. Sinai and manifested to the children of Israel in the wilderness, the Word tells us there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud, and a loud trumpet, and the mountain shook with the presence of God.  Exodus 24:17 tells us the appearance of the glory of God was like a devouring fire on top of the mountain.

 When the Glory of the Lord descended upon the tabernacle, in the wilderness journey, Exodus 40:34, 38 said the cloud covered the tent of the meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of the meeting. Because, the cloud abode upon it and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle….and the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.

The Glory of God is again mentioned when God’s house or Solomon’s temple was built and the glory of God filled the temple.

Ezekiel mentions the glory of God and describes it as a glowing halo like a rainbow all around Him. Ezekiel 1:26-28.

In the Christmas story it is said that the angel of the Lord came upon them (the shepherds keeping watch over their flock by night) and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. In addition, the angel said unto them, "fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men." Luke 2:9-14.

 

It is through God’s son, Jesus, that God in these last days has revealed His Glory. For Christ being… "the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high." Hebrews 1:3

 

It is through God’s creation that we see His glory. It is through the eyes of faith in the Lord Jesus that we see the glory of God. It is through a redeemed and changed life that we see the glory of God.

What a remarkable change comes over us when we see the glory of God revealed in good will towards man, and when we catch a vision of doing something good for the community for the glory of God. That my friend is God’s will for us; to the glory of God and the good of the community.

 

 

"Along the Way"

 

 

 

Serving the Lord along the way: in some foreign countries where our missionaries serve they do not have a word for thank you. In America when in a restaurant I will say thank you for every kind thing the waitress does for me. I just want to show appreciation to people for what they do, and I know that you do too. What this one medical missionary found out was that instead of saying thank you, what the people would say instead, was the equivalent of, "I will share your name." So, everywhere they went, they would tell the missionary’s name and what he had done for them. Jesus says, in Luke 9:26, for us not to be ashamed of him and what he has done for us. I know there are some tough places where it will be hard for us to share His name. But the thing that the Lord wants you to do is to share His name along the way.

Grumbling comes our way because we are spoiled. A little boy was not happy even though he had everything he wanted. He didn’t like getting up in the morning or going to bed at night. He did not like his sister, his toys, and his food and was a real pain to live with. His parents were exasperated by all this but decided to withdraw his privileges and to take his toys away from him until he behaved better. It worked, and now he loves his sister, appreciates his toys and is very cooperative and appreciative of everything he has. Sometimes God denies us some things so we will be appreciative of the things we have. The hardest math to learn is the mathematics of learning to count our blessings. We in America are the most blessed people in the entire world. I wonder if we really appreciate all that we have along the way.

Recently, I was eating out at a restaurant and the waitress really had an attitude. Now, I try to be nice and kind all the time, especially to those who serve me. She said to me, "do you want the smoking or the non-smoking section?" I said, "I prefer the non-smoking area please,"  she turned to lead me to the non-smoking area, but I could see by the expression on her face that she was mocking me silently, mimicking me by mouthing silently, "he prefers the non-smoking section." It was an attitude of contempt because she either hated her job or had low self-esteem.                                                                                                                                                                                         Things like that happen when we least expect it. I was especially nice to her; she needed some help along the way. I have prayed for her since, for I realized she was having a bad day. I was not her problem; she was having a terrible, no good, bad day. If we see some poor soul in trouble, we ought to be extra nice and kind to that individual, for those are the ones that we can really help and encourage along the way. God help us to be that way.

If the Lord Jesus says something, what do we do? We believe it and do it. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."  Live today and do not worry about tomorrow. Handle things today. I do not know about you but sometimes I get worried about things over which I have no control: the war in Iraq, taxes, moral issues, family matters, and spiritual concerns. I cannot handle those things in the long run, but I know that God’s grace is sufficient today for all that worries me. Why do we not fully rely on God for today and for all our tomorrows, along the way?

Prayer is our greatest resource. No problem is too big or too small to pray about. When we take our problems to God in prayer during bad times we must realize that God has a purpose behind all our problems. God overrules evil for good and will take our problems and help us to grow and mature through them. Proverbs 15:15, "All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast."  Let us rejoice and be glad in the Lord. He is on His throne and everything will be okay, as long as we trust in Him. By trusting Him we can face any challenge that comes along the way.

            Our greatest challenge comes in the form not of just a change of attitude, but in a change of heart. Our very nature needs to be changed. The only power on earth that can change our nature is the power of God’s Spirit. The Spirit of God speaks to us, in the depths of our anguished souls, the words of eternal life and life changing truth. That the Lord Jesus is for us, that He took our place upon Calvary’s cross, and arose triumphant that we might have life and have it more abundantly, along the way

            "Christ in you the hope of Glory." Colossians 2:27