Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36
This is an amazing truth – we do not know the mind of God, we cannot understand His ways, but we trust that His word is true, that He is in and through and over all things, and through everything, we can give glory to Him.
Through evil and suffering.
Through whatever we face today, tomorrow, and next year. God has given us enough grace in Jesus to give Him glory whatever comes our way. I think that this is really what it means to be brave – to be able to say, “Lord, whatever You give is good. Your wisdom and judgment are beyond what I can understand or fathom, and yet I trust You.”
We may not always feel like giving the Lord glory in the middle of our suffering. There will be days when we want to kick and scream (and maybe we actually do!). We will have moments when we are tempted to despair. We will feel like giving in.
We have a choice. We can choose to give in to those feelings, or we can choose each moment to give God praise for all He has done and all He will do.
My cancer, although not good, has brought glory to God. Whatever you are facing can also bring glory to God. Choose today to praise Him in the middle of the trial. Let others see your hard praise. Step out in faith that He will provide your strength for the next step, whatever that may be.
Choose today to live brave.