"Don't blame suffering in the world on the anger of God. He's not mad; he didn't mess up. Follow our troubles to their headwaters, and you won't find any angry or befuddled God. But you will find a sovereign God.
Your pain has a purpose. Your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate toward one end -- the glory of God."
~Max Lucado, It's Not About Me~
This week has been filled with my own personal problems, struggles and hassles of the minute kind. If I were the narrator of my life story, I would describe myself as irritable and petulant in the midst of microscopic problems.
It's easy for me to think about the big disappointments of life (from the outside looking in) and comment on the need to glorify God through troubles. But, now, from the inside looking out of a teeny tiny problem, I can't practice what I preach.
I've gotten so caught up in the minutia of my problems that I have forgotten about the purpose of it all. Max Lucado's book title says a lot to me right now: It's not about me. It's about Him, isn't it? That changes a person's perspective right around. What is the chief end of man (the old-fashioned way of saying of what's our purpose)?
To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. This makes me think of another favorite author, John Piper. His book, Desiring God changed my thinking about the purpose of life and the meaning of my faith. The purpose of my life is not to just endure until the day of Christ's return, nor is it to glorify God dutifully without true joy. God is most glorified when I am most satisfied in Him. I glorify God BY enjoying Him forever.
So, when we get things all mixed up and view God as a harsh disciplinarian, we lose out on the most important thing. He longs for us to truly enjoy Him - that's what glorifies Him the most. Everything in this world all points to God's glory, including the daily ins and outs of our lives. The way we glorify Him is by sitting in His presence, on the good days and the bad ones too. That's our life purpose: to enjoy Him.
I think I need to go spend some concentrated time working on my life purpose! I can't wait!