Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne.
1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
There are at least a dozen important things that call for my attention today. There are boxes yet to be unpacked in five of the eight rooms of our new home. We need to get some specific plans for landscaping our back yard. I am working on a photography portfolio for the Northwest Houston Photo Club of which I am a member (and president). I would love to work in the garage and hang my tools on the wall, and install shelving so that we can get both cars in the garage. There’s the important issue of golf: I have a 10:03 tee time. Even more important is the situation with Diane. She has an early morning pain management doctor’s appointment. And we leave tomorrow morning for her dad’s memorial service in Missouri.
Through all of that, however, the presence, grace, help, and blessing of God is essential. Whatever else must go on, whatever I need to do, whatever appointments need to be kept, or schedules need to be kept, if God’s presence, grace, help, blessing and salvation are taken from us, all is for naught. Without God all is lost.
Thanks be to God that is not up to me. It’s not a matter of my dire need. It’s certainly not a matter of my great character or vital importance to him. It’s not because I am a pastor, write a blog, take photos of flowers, or even seek to be a good husband that God gives his good attention to me. It is a matter of God’s character, name, and glory that God looks upon any of us with lovingkindness and favor.
Seen fully in Jesus Christ, God’s love has been revealed as essential to his glory. He has called us to an eternal glory. Salvation has been won. And although that salvation starts at our conversion (we have abundant life now), it will be fully and finally experienced on the Great Last Day when Christ returns and all of the appointments, to-do’s, projects, and responsibilities will fade away. We will be gathered before the throne of Christ, and experience the fullness of his grace, love, presence, and blessing. It will be ultimately glorious!
Whatever else you may face today; whatever else you may need to do; whatever else troubles your spirit; whatever else beckons for your attention; keep God’s presence, love, grace, goodness, blessing, and favor foremost in your heart. That is truly what matters most.