Love Came Down: Dwelling In Glory
Emma brings us this wonderful post on how this Christmas magnifies the glory of God. She encourages us to be living a life full of worship and praise, seeking the glory of God so that we might know Him more. Have a wonderful week! x
“I met Jesus at the gym”. No this isn’t my own dramatic revelation (I don’t even lift), but what google offered as an autofill when I typed “I met Jesus…”
We’ve all seen the bizarre headlines, people proclaiming to have found the saviour in the mundanity of life, seeing Jesus on the underground or his portrait on a slice of toast. I wonder what your response is. I receive most stories with a heavy dose of scepticism, not believing for a second that these people have indeed met God, often before I’ve even spared a moment to read the details.
And yet, this is one of the things I most desire - to see God in the flesh, or to audibly hear His voice. So why am I so dismissive of those who claim to have done so?
This year there have been many times when I have cried out to the Father for a revelation of Himself, a clear direction for my quandary, or just a word to prove He is all He says He is. But do I then expect to see Him reveal himself? And would I notice if He did?
One of my favourite women in the Bible is a lady called Anna who has her own mad story of seeing God in her daily life. Can you imagine your friend coming round for a cuppa and saying she saw a baby who she “just knew” was the heaven sent Messiah? You’d spill your tea if nothing else!
There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
When Jesus was only a baby Anna noticed Him for who He was, a miraculous feat given that many others wouldn’t realise He was the promised saviour even after His death and resurrection. But how did she know? “She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying”.
Anna spent all her time immersed in seeking the glory of God. Every moment was spent in praise of Him, and it was this attitude which caused to her immediately identifying who Jesus was.
So that’s our answer; if we want to see God then we must spend more time (in fact, all our time) worshipping Him. Just as you develop that irritating/wonderful habit of quoting (ir)relevant Mean Girls quotes in everyday life the more times you see the film, so too will you see opportunities that God uses to break into your life the more time you spend admiring His glory.
Whether it's because we see a shift in our priorities, or because God blesses our obedience to Him, I believe there is a direct correlation between the time we give in praise of God, and the amount we see His glory in our daily lives.
This year I spent 9 weeks in Africa for my elective medical placement. During this time I had more time to immerse myself in the bible and prayer. And, I believe as a result, I have many stories of God revealing His divine love, power and provision. I found His love in the care of stranger, His power in the light of a breath-taking sunrise, His protection home alone in a power cut, His grace through a Zambian immigration officer… I could go on and on!
Although being away helps get rid of many distractions, the attitude of living a life of worship and praise is something I’ve tried to continue since coming home. And God has remained the good, active God that I saw on the other side of the world!
So what’s my advice as we head into this Christmas season? Kneel and worship our incredible God. Spend time dwelling on His glory and power. Then look up and see that He made Himself visible and wants to be in every moment of your lives.
Emma is a final year medical student in Sheffield. She can most often be found enjoying the beautiful peak district, attempting DIY and embracing all things Narnia.