Our Whole Reason for Living
This is my favorite part of this entire passage! To glorify God is our whole reason for being here, right? Right! Remember what we talked about yesterday:
Isaiah 58:8a (NIV)
“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear… “
Isaiah 58:8b (NIV)
“…then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rearguard.”
Since glorifying God is our purpose in life, it should be our passion, too. Is glorifying God your passion? Is His glory an all-consuming obsession for you? My passion for His Word and His glory is definitely growing this week!
As we seek Him more intensely and sacrificially, aligning our hearts with His, He will more and more become our all-consuming passion. As a result, people around us will see Him in our lives. His light in our eyes will help people see Him. That is glorifying Him!
Exercise in Futility; Lesson in Love
Striving to glorify Him in our own strength is an exercise in futility. He will do the work of glorifying Himself in us as we seek Him and live with passion for Him. As we have seen in the last few days, that passion comes from seeking Him earnestly and working with Him as He draws us closer and helps us to align our hearts with His heart. Being consumed with Him and loving Him intensely will automatically bring obedience in us and glory to Him. Pray that He will do this in your life. Ask Him for help! He knows we need Him, but we need to admit it to Him. (Matthew 5:3) There is no room for self-sufficiency in our relationship with God.
A Beautiful Thing!
As we seek God and surrender control to Him, the Holy Spirit is helping us and that surrender is so much easier because we are obeying the One who has become our terrific obsession. The amazing benefits circle back to Him. It always circles back to Him when we seek Him and we progress toward Him and into a deeper relationship with Him. This is a completely beautiful thing!
Let’s go to the verse:
“…then your righteousness will go before you… “
The righteousness we have is positional. According to Isaiah 64:6, we have not righteousness on our own, so the verse is talking about Jesus’s righteousness on us. This righteousness was given freely when Jesus Christ died on the cross for us. If your faith is in Him for your salvation and He is Lord of your life then you have His righteousness. Isn’t it exciting to know that we can trust that we are living under the covering of the righteousness of Christ? As we live submitted to Him others will see Him in our lives. Our righteousness is as filthy rags but His righteousness? Glorious! Perfect! Pure! Astoundingly beautiful!
A Light in the Dark
I think about it like this: If I walk into a dark room with a lit candle, the light glows far beyond the actual candle. Though the candle flame is in the doorway, the light from it can reach the opposite wall. So in the same way, the righteousness that Christ has given us goes before us.
Back to the Verse:
“…and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.”
King David was known to let out a loud shout when he got excited about God. This makes me want to shout! Woohoo!!!
Have you ever watched a speedboat on a lake when it throttles up? The motor digs down into the water, the nose of the boat begins to point skyward. Then as the motor courses through the water and drives the boat forward it leaves an impressive wake. According to the power of the boat and the nerve of the driver, the wake may be several feet deep/high. The wake is thrust out behind the boat and the waves will ripple all the way to the shores of the lake. Piers will move up and down with the swell of the water as the wake spreads as far as possible. That wake effects everything it comes into contact with – everything must react to it. Have you ever tried to stop a wave? It just bounces off you and goes somewhere else, doesn’t it?
Your Rear Guard
This is how I see God’s glory being our rear guard. As He is our obsession, as we dig in diligently and sacrificially seeking Him, His glory will go before us where we go and He will affect EVERYTHING!
The glory of the Lord will not be stopped as it is the wake off of a life focused on Him. It will ripple out far beyond what we are even aware. People will be impressed but not by us – by Him who is EVERYTHING! His righteousness and His glory will be what is seen. People will want Him because of what they see in us. That is to glorify God and that is our sole purpose for being here.
Now, do you feel like shouting?? May the Lord bless you today! May your righteousness go before you, may His glory be the wake that follows, and may His glory ripple from shore to shore!
Let’s go to the Lord in Prayer:
Lord, You are so very great! Thank You so much for giving us Your righteousness since we have none of our own. Thank You for drawing us to You. Please help us to seek You with all our hearts. Help us to love You with all that we are! Please make us what You want us to be and please make us completely Yours. In Jesus’s beautiful beautiful name I pray. Amen.
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