For His Glory

Have you had a situation where your heart and mind perceived that Jesus didn’t show up at the right time or at all? Maybe you are walking through a season right now wondering where He is.

Next month will be 13 years since my then 17 year old nephew was killed in a senseless and tragic auto accident. Remarkably drugs and alcohol were not involved but speed and rain were and the driver of the car lost control. The driver, who was expecting to attend college on a basketball scholarship after graduation in a few months, had to be extricated from the car and lost both his legs. Miraculously my niece and her friend, who were thrown from the backseat of the car and suffered broken backs, survived.

Three separate occasions I asked God why. Three times He dropped into my heart, for My glory.

My brother’s marriage couldn’t withstand the strain of the loss of a child and ended in divorce shortly after the accident. Last year my brother went home to Jesus after years of chronic illness and a broken heart.

In my humanness I would say that I have yet to see God’s glory in this particular situation over the last 13 years but the truth is I have seen His glory. The year before my brother passed he was hospitalized with some very serious issues that caused us to think he wouldn’t live through the night. I reached out to many praying friends and the next day we found almost every issue had disappeared overnight. God’s glory. During this same hospital visit God sent me in to pray with my brother. He was ready and we said a simple prayer of salvation. God’s glory.

In our verse above Martha makes a simple statement to the Lord, if He had been there her brother wouldn’t have died. At the same time she knew that God would give Jesus whatever he asked. Jesus brought Lazarus back to life.

There is a poignant sentiment Martha coneys. On the surface the story is about the loss of her brother and how Jesus could have saved him were He there while he was ill. But a few layers down…deeper we see Martha’s complete trust in the sovereignty of God. She knew regardless of how the situation looked on the outside Jesus was in control and His love for her and her family would never waver.

Through the generations Martha seems to have gotten a bad rap. She was the sister more concerned with preparing a meal for 13 men rather than sitting at the feet of Jesus as her sister Mary did. But Martha knew something to her very core.

She knew Jesus was the awaited Messiah and she trusted Him.

Have you put your trust in Jesus? When you do I can’t nor I won’t promise everything will be perfect in your life but I can promise His love for you will never falter. And if you allow Him the space Holy Spirit will fill you with His peace and comfort in the midst of adversity.


Author: Terese

Terese is a wife, mother, Grammie, sister, aunt and friend. Best of all a daughter of the King! Terese is a Bible study teacher and speaker. One of her passions is investing in the lives of other women and encouraging them in their identity and authority in Christ. Terese is a life long student of God's grace.

10 thoughts on “For His Glory”

  1. Thank you Terese. We live in a fallen world, but thankfully He has overcome the world. As I read your powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness, I was thinking about how “His ways are higher than ours.” It’s understandable to wonder why Jesus didn’t come to His friend’s aid. My prayer is that I will remember that instead of healing, He may want to raise something or someone to life instead. Blessings ♥

    1. Amen, Jacquie. I too, have to remind myself of His sovereignty. I so love the treasures He reveals when I’m willing to seek and see. “O taste and see that the Lord is good!” Thank you for stopping by!

  2. It’s not easy at times to swallow this truth, that many of life’s challenges believers face are for the glory of God. Our Father however is Sovereign, and so I’m thankful that even though we cannot understand why, we can from time to time securely rest in “Who.”

  3. I’m sorry that you lived through this tragedy and loss. But sharing this alone and keeping faith, you example of calling out to God. Your reference to scripture. All glorifies God! Thank for sharing. Vulnerability is courageous and it speaks loudly. Blessings Terri 💕

    1. Terri, thank you for you kind words of encouragement! Like you, I am an identity seeker in Christ. Because of Him and only Him we can carry on even in the light of tragedy. Lord bless!

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