One of the purposes of our lives is to glorify God. Yeshua started His two most famous prayers with a request to glorify His father in heaven: “Our father in heaven holy be your name” (Matthew 6:10); “Father, glorify your son so that the son can glorify you” (John 17:1).
By desiring to glorify God, we at the same time purify our own motives. We look at every situation in life as an opportunity to give Him glory. Once Yeshua’s disciples asked Him why a blind man was born blind (John 9), and another time why He had not come earlier to heal Lazarus (John 11). We tend to analyze why bad things happen, and ask who is right or wrong in every situation.
However Yeshua did not answer as they expected. In effect He told them that they were asking the wrong questions. He changed how they looked at the situation. To Him the issue was simply “how can God be glorified here?”
John 9:3 – Neither did he sin, nor his parents; this is only so that the works of God will be revealed.
John 11:4 – This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God might be glorified.
Many times we also ask all kinds of useless questions. We argue about things between ourselves instead of seeking what would give God glory. God is sovereign and all-powerful. In any situation He can provide an answer. We should respond in a way that will glorify Him.
Seeking to glorify God changes our heart attitude: we are no longer occupied with humanistic explanations or seeking honor for ourselves. We do not seek revenge or self-justification. We seek a total change of perspective that will bring a breakthrough solution.
Peter had many questions about his life and the lives of the other disciples. Instead of answering them directly, Yeshua told him to follow God and give Him glory at all times right until the last moment of his death.
John 21:19 – He said this to show him the manner of his death so that God could be glorified in him.
Let us also dedicate our response to every situation in a way that will glorify God. Let’s seek the glory that comes from God instead of the glory that comes from man (John 5:44) and thus align ourselves with the deeper purposes of God in our lives.