November 21, Everything Happens for a Reason

John 11:4

But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”

Everything happens for a reason. I have heard this over and over during my life. I think I am beginning to believe it. It was, and it is still difficult for me to realize that the circumstances of my life are with purpose and direction from God.

Lazarus died. How much worse can life’s circumstances get? Yet in his death God and Jesus were glorified. Jesus, in this verse, is teaching me an ultimate truth. My life and death is not lived to my own end but is provided to me by God as a means of glorifying Him. How well am I using this lifetime gift to glorify God?

God called me to action by His Words, “repent and be baptized”, “love your enemies” and many other directions that lead me down the road of discipleship with Jesus. These are not easy words at times. God has given me His instructor, Jesus and His instruction book, the Bible. God has provided everything I need to lead the glorifying life.

To maximize my life for the glory of God I need to ask myself some penetrating questions:

Who am I living and dying for?

How should I live my life so that it shows the glory of God?

How might I use all the circumstances of my life to glorify God?

How could I live my life for others that when I die I leave behind a legacy of glorifying God?

Everything happens for a reason. It is my work as a disciple of Jesus, a child of God, to use my life circumstances to glorify my God and my Savior. God has called me to action for His glory.

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