The Ugly Side of Glory

We love to think about all the positives about positivity, but we are so quick to forget that the road to positive can have some potholes. You may remember the song lyrics “Every rose has its thorn.” It’s true!

The glory of God is revealed in the most unusual ways. Consider 2 Corinthians 4:17 which says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Our problems reveal God’s glory. Weird, huh? That sickness. That financial problem. That wayward child. That failed marriage. These were never in God’s perfect plan, but His glory can be shine brightest in the midst of difficulty.

Let’s connect this to Christmas. John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus (the Word) became flesh (took on a human body) and dwelt among us, and we beheld the glory of the Father. Where did this happen? In a manger. In the nastiest of places, the Lord of glory was born. If that doesn’t tell you that God’s glory can show up anywhere, I don’t know what does.

I know you want to experience God’s glory this Christmas. But be prepared as you pray, “Lord, show us Your glory”, anything unexpected can happen. Elevation Worship wrote these lyrics in “Here Again” – “In my weakness, Your glory appears.” God majors in bringing beauty from ashes. So, weary soul, take heart. God is going to meet you in that rough place this Christmas, and you will appreciate His glory now more than ever before.

Wishing you a glory-filled Christmas!


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