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“BROKENESS WITHIN GLORY” – July 8

July 8, 2013

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”  Isaiah 6:3

I survey the activities of this earth with a flick of the remote or a click of the mouse.  What I see draws me to the conclusion that I live within a broken world.

I see a burned wreckage of a plane; glory does not come to mind.
I read of the violence in Egypt and Syria; descriptions do not sound glorious.
I observe the continual subterfuge of politics; I see no intentions set on glorifying.
I know many are dying from disease; glorious does not enter the terminology.

Many view the world with eyes from the same perspective as my own.  The most common accusation against God emerges from the observations of a broken world.

If God is a loving god, then why would he allow so much pain and suffering?

Isaiah could have questioned the bleakness of his world.  King Uzziah had died.  The nation was surrounded by enemies and its destruction was not far off.  Faithlessness, oppression, and arrogance were the fruit of the land.

Yet, there was a song being sung at that very moment in Isaiah’s life.  While Isaiah was physically in a bleak world, God’s holiness was being proclaimed in the heavens.  While Israel was on the threshold of being crushed, the world was proclaimed as being full of God’s glory.  God was on the throne in all His holiness, reigning as the Sovereign ruler of the whole bleak universe.

The song of the earth is quite different than the song in heaven.  The bleakness of this world causes many to curse rather than praise.

Curses come from a perspective that is plagued by our inability to see God’s manifested holiness.  I look and see glimpses of holiness but the unholiness seems overwhelming.  The limitations of my flesh blinds me to His glory.  When I look upon this world, all I tend to see is brokenness.  That brokenness does exist.

There is evil in the world.
There is rebellion in this world.
There is hate, pain and suffering all around us.

However, all of that unpleasantness does not cancel out God’s glory.  Far from canceling God’s glory, all of this brokenness exists within His glory.  It all resides within God’s plan of redemption.  The redeeming of an unholy and rebellious people by the holy and sovereign Lord of hosts can only be described as glorious.

The whole earth is filled with brokenness.  The whole earth is full of His glory. 

These contrasting perspectives are so difficult for me to comprehend.  I do not claim to have understanding or insight of how this can be true.  I accept it by faith.  I accept that there is a glory around me that I cannot see.  I praise God when I get glimpses and I long for the day when the redeemed are called and the fullness of His glory is revealed.

They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.  Isaiah 11:9

Until that day I will live by faith; I will have a conviction of things that I cannot see.(Heb. 11:1)  I believe that the glory of God is all around me.  I do not need to see it.  The Spirit confirms within my spirit that it is truth.

Until that day I will live by faith; I will place my assurance in the hope of the day without hurt and destruction. (Heb. 11:1)   I hope in the days when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.  I look forward to the day when the wolf shall dwell with the lamb; the leopard shall lie down with the young goat; the cow and the bear shall graze together; the day when violence, pain and suffering are covered with comfort and peace.

In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples – of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.  Isaiah 11:10

Until that day, those who follow Christ live in a broken world while walking by faith in the glory of God.  I don’t know how that works.  I just know that it does and for that I praise the Lord.

PRAYER: Holy, holy, holy are you my Lord and Savior.  The whole world is full of your glory.  Forgive me for all the times that I have lost sight of that.  Forgive me for not being in continual praise as those who are in your presence.  You are great and highly to be praised.  Father, help me to keep my eyes on you.  Help me to keep my mind-set upon you and your glory.  Keep my faith secure in all that I cannot see and my hope in you and you alone.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ.   Amen.

9 comments

  1. Loved what you had to say and I agree that some times it hard to see the Lord’s glory shinning through. I think sometimes the Lord lets his people go through tuff times so he can deliver them and thus build there faith and trust. I think the glorifying part for us is when we trust him in this endeavor. P.S. I think you are a very good writer God Bless!


    • that my dear if it is ok for me to say is Wisdom. Faith building suffering. Causes all things to work for good. More Faith GOOD Praise Him through the storm yeah Trusting God


  2. Reblogged this on Focused and Free and commented:
    Which do you choose to focus on? God’s Glory or Man’s Misdeeds?


    • Karl – Thanks for the reblog.
      God Bless!
      JD


  3. Indeed it is a great matter of faith – faith to pray His Kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven. We His church are ambassadors of His glory, let His church rise up in the fullness of Christ, only then shall the world know the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea: “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will rise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3. Rise up O Church, have faith in your God, and shine forth your King’s glory !


    • Doug – a hearty amen! Thanks for the addition of your comments.
      God Bless!
      JD


  4. Reblogged this on my God's Grace and commented:
    ah i get it now. His Glory is here we just can’t see it with our human eyes. hum i hear Jesus say “that which you look for you will find”


  5. Blessings of all you ask of our Lord Jesus. You spoke life in this post. you answered questions i have posed to God.
    Keep our eyes on Him He says. Then His Glory will show. Just yesterday i was praying for Jesus to show Himself on His Holy Throne. He is there you know. We wait for something that ALREADY IS! Like my new friend Isaiah i too will have Faith that what i can not see with human eyes, can be seen in the Spirit. All God’s Glory covering like the water. Thank you for curses come from ignorance great quote.


  6. Exceptional reminder to focus focus focus…on who God is and His glory.
    Thanks for that reminder.



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