First Belief, Then Glory

First Belief, Then Glory

First belief then gloryWould you like to have some tangible proof before believing? Wouldn’t it be nice? But that’s not the way of faith. We need to believe to see the glory of God. That’s how Jesus replied to Martha when Lazarus was dead:

Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God? (John 11:40, AMP)

God has prepared to give us everything but we first need to believe. First belief, then glory. We can’t reverse the order. We need to believe in order to see. Like Augustine has said “Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” We need to take that leap of faith and trust God. He will reveal his secret to us in his time. Then we will also see the glory of God (and understand the ways of God).

Jesus told Martha (according to the Amplified Bible) to believe and rely on him. We know what believing is. But what does relying on Jesus mean? Basically it is putting your faith in practice. Walking the talk if you will.

How do we do that? We base our life on the words of God. We act on our beliefs. We praise God even when we don’t see the solution to our problems. Because we know God will keep his promises. And while we keep on putting our faith and trust on God daily, we also see and experience the glory of God. All this by his amazing grace.

 

Gracious God,
You’ve prepared everything for us.
Give us courage to say yes to you.
Again and again and again.
Give us power to put our faith in practice.
Day by day by day.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Would you like to reverse the order of belief and glory? How can you believe and rely on God on daily basis?

Note slide courtesy of Joshua Lenon, design Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Thought-Provoking Thursday, Faith-filled Fridays.   

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