I’m not much of a preacher, therefore this isn’t meant to be a preaching. Its just an observation I made during my devotion today and I thought to share.
The text was from the book of 2kings1:9-12, and its about the story of some soldiers sent by the king to bring him Elijah the prophet. In this story, on getting to him, they ordered him to follow them, and he commanded fire to consume them. This happened like twice, till the third time they brought a sensible captain who was able to beg for his life, and those of his men, and they were spared.
The essence of this story is to bring out a point. A point most of us don’t see when we read stories like these. We seem to concentrate on the fact that it was a prophet of God that called down fire, and it happened immediately. In our minds, they’re are the bad guys, and the Elijah was the actor. To me that’s wrong.
Let’s see it this way, a hundred soldiers were roasted that day. A hundred men. Family men. With wives, and kids, and parents. And what was their crime? They followed he instructions of their king. Did they deserve to die? No. Did they die? Yes. Was it an easy death? Hell no!! But when we read this story, all we see if the name of God being glorified in that situation. Nothing else. We don’t mourn the dead, or ask about their families. We don’t even count them as casualties. Are we wrong in our perception? NO.
I’m not trying to make anyone rebel against God here. But you’ve got to get my point. God knew what he was doing. It was no mistake. He knew every man that was roasted that day. And he roasted them………to glorify himself.
So sometimes when we go through troubles and trials, and even suffer loss, we start to ask if God cares. Sincerely, he does. He created us for one reason alone. To Glorify Him.
Let’s use this example, sometimes scientists or engineers create something and they’re recognised for their creations. After sometime, it all wears down. The whole hype fades away, and they try to come up with something better. To bring th hype back. So what do they do? They dis-assemble their creation, in order to create a better one. And in the end when they do, the hype returns.
When God created us, he had one purpose in his heart. ‘That we might glorify him’. Now some people do. Through their thoughts and actions, and through their lives. Many people are where they are today, not because they deserve it, but because God’s glory is being seen through their lives. Others have to die just so his glory would be seen too. So either ways, dead or alive, we must glorify God just the way he wants it. Just what we were created for.
So I want you all to ponder on this a while. “If your life isn’t giving glory to God, then maybe your death will”. You have a choice. You can choose to bring him glory in life, or in death. I hope you make the right choice today. Shalom