How God is Glorified in Brokenness
(God is Glorified in Sickness, Infirmities, Disease and Death)
@ robin aylor 09/18/2018
If you are like me you might look back over your life and remember many times you were sick or ill and it removed you from your daily routines. You may have been bed ridden or throwing kneeling over the toilet in the bathroom,… or laying on the floor waiting for the next attack… Maybe you have experienced injuries which kept you in a neck brace or cast. We are broken people in a broken world waiting for the redemption of our bodies… all Creation waits.
The Apostle Paul speaks of his brokenness in 2nd Corinthians 12:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul said he how he would joyfully display his weakness “so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” . Wow! Thats what I want to be displayed in my life; “The power of Christ”.
Today as I look back over my life, I see weakness everywhere and it reminds me that the power and the strength and the victory does not come from me. It comes from Christ. God does not need my body to be functioning as a perfectly oiled machine to accomplish his purposes in this world… Sickness, weaknesses and infirmities. Even as we age our bodies deteriorate; our energy, our stamina, more aches and pains… But remember it is “the power of Christ” resting on us!
I love these words from Habakkuk:
Habakkuk 3:17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation. 19 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.
We are broken but God is not… Like the song says: “I am weak but thou art strong, Jesus keep me from all wrong”.
God used Moses in amazing ways… but he too was broken… he had a speech impediment. Exodus 4:10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”
Did you catch that? God is the one who makes men mute and deaf and blind. Why would he do that? He does it all for his own glory. He can receive glory in our broken fleshly bodies so we know our strength comes from him and not ourselves.
Remember when Lazarus was sick:
John 11:4 But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
You see although Lazarus died that was not what the illness lead to… Lazarus was raised up by Jesus… What did it lead to? God being glorified. We see it more in the next chapter of John.
John 12:9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
Lazarus's sickness led to his resurrection and then to many Jews believing in Jesus. God received glory.
As a child of God our weakness will not lead to death… God knows how to get glory through it in our life... and even though we will die… our weakness and death will also lead to God being glorified in raising us up to be with him.
Jesus gives another example of brokenness for Gods glory:
John 9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.
Does God still receive glory in brokenness today?
It surly broke Mercy’s heart to listen to her six week old daughter cry out in anguish as the doctor placed hot mustard poultices on her eyes to draw out the infection. Later it would also break the doctors heart to find out that after the infection in her eyes left, her corneas had been burnt by the treatment. Their worst fears were confirmed… The infant was blind.
This young child grew up into an adult and all her life told others that her blindness was a blessing.
Here are her words:
"It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me."
Her name was Fanny Crosby. She went on to write more than 8000 hymns and gospel songs with more than 100 million copies printed. She passed from this life in 1915 at the age of 95.
As a child of God… If you are broken in any way… If you are blind or deaf… If you are weak in mind or in body… If you are sick or diseased… Even if you die… God in his glory and power is strong and brings his children through with victory and he gets all the glory.
Romans 14:8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
Trust God to get glory as you live life in this broken body and in this broken world.