“that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
(I Corinthians 2:5 NKJV)
It seems strange to type this, but I think the thing that Christians are most likely to forget is the power of God. I should be more clear. I think the most well meaning of Christians can be drawn into the multitude of personal affirmations found in the Bible. I also think we can be drawn into the humanitarian aspects of Christ found in the Gospels. And I know obsession for wisdom and a philosophy of good works can overwhelm us. Let us understand fully that these things are in His Word for a Purpose and that He gives them to us. Let us as this question to what extent does our focus on these Gifts take away from our focus on the glory of the Giver?
I cannot answer for anyone but myself. But it does seem that Jesus felt a need to consistently remind God’s chosen people:
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
(John 14:13 NKJV)
“When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.””
(John 11:4 NKJV)
“And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
(Matthew 6:13 NKJV)
And yet is this not abundantly freeing? We wrestle so much with the existential. All the while, Christ seems to say with a smile, “it is in His power, it is for His glory”. He is glorified in both a friendly smile and a hurricane. All things will be made to see His glory in His time and our faith is in and is by His power. Thanks be to God and may we humble ourselves before His throne.