God's Glory in Our Lives
“Then the crowds who went ahead of him and those who followed shouted: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Matthew 21:9
What a beautiful picture. Jesus, riding into Jerusalem, people praising Him, crying out “Hosanna”! These same people are the people that would turn on Him, yelling, “crucify him!" only days later. As I meditated on these passages over the weekend, I couldn’t help but be flooded with emotion. How could these people turn on Jesus? How could they say savior one moment yet cry for murder the next? The people were expecting Jesus to save them from the Roman oppression...their vision was short-sighted. God didn’t act in the way they planned, and the consequence was that they turned on Him.
We might want to straight up judge the actions of the people because we know the whole story...but at the same time, how often do we turn on God when He doesn’t act in the way we want Him to? We are so quick to blame God when the healing doesn’t come, when our finances are short, and when life isn’t going as planned. We use our deeds as an excuse, almost at times with the attitude that God owes us. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are things we need to remember about our Father and about ourselves when “God doesn’t live up to our expectations”.
We remember that God is sovereign. This life is not about us, and this life is not ours. Everything God ordains on this Earth is for a purpose. The good things and the bad, God ordains things for His glory. We also remember God is a good God. Our Father has a deep, deep love for us, and in His sovereignty, He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. We don’t have to be afraid of God’s sovereignty because of His goodness, and we can rest in that. Though Jesus knew what was coming, He never doubted the Fathers love for Him, and ultimately, God’s purpose was accomplished on the cross. Jesus rested in His Father’s sovereignty, and we can do the same.
Father, I thank You for Your goodness. You are a good God, and I know I can trust Your sovereignty in the good times, as well as the bad. Help me to remain Kingdom-minded and focused on Your will and Your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Is there a time you turned on God because you felt like God didn’t act on something the way you wanted Him to? How can you rest in the fact that God is in control?
About the Author
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.