I can not believe this is the last week of this Sisters Stories series. I am incredibly grateful for every woman who bravely shared her journey honestly so that others could see what God can do.
This is also the last week through Priscilla Shirer’s book, God is Able, which walked us through each portion of Ephesians 3:20 as our Sisters Stories weekly opener.
Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
This week, we pay TRIBUTE. To Him Be The Glory. And this sister story has no shortage of honoring God for His miraculous work.
This is what Priscilla says about how this verse concludes:
We exist today for His fame. We are examples of His patience and long-suffering. We bear witness to what His love is like and can do. We honor His name with our living, breathing presence. So when we come to Him with our needs and requests, with our aches and our longings, one of the greatest reasons why we can be so confident in Him is because God is getting some glory when He acts on our behalf.
And I love this example especially this week so close to Christmas: When He sent His Son to us as a baby, it was to redeem the lost, yes, but it was also for the purpose of receiving ‘glory to God in the highest.‘ (Luke 2:14)
So sometimes, when you stand in awe and say, “What?” “How did that happen?”
It’s because He loves you more than you can imagine, yes.
It’s because He has, or wants, a personal relationship with you, yes.
It’s because He wants to help you put things back together, yes.
Plus. It’s also because He’s intent on receiving the glory for the work to come. And when it will come, the action, or the inaction, or whatever IT is, the timing isn’t up to us. That’s hard. He’s working, for us and for His glory, even when we can’t fathom what is happening.
Priscilla closes with these encouraging words:
When you and I approach God for help, filled with our cares and distresses, our prayer are not confined to this date, to this particular month and year. What may seem to be His silence and avoidance from where you sit today is already reverberating in future places. If not right here, if not right now, you can be sure His ability is taking visible, tangible shape somewhere even if beyond the scope of your current sightline. You and I are living right this minute on a tiny dot of time within a vast sea of God-moments. And the ripple effect of today’s prayers, today’s faith – today’s now – spirals out in all directions for all eternity, bumping something here, affecting something there, all under God’s watchful eye and wisdom. Each time we turn to Him, each time we trust, each time we bring our all to the surpassing greatness of His all, we find ourselves instantly connected to every future time zone where His ability lives. We link up across generations, where He is already working, present-tense, to make His glory known.
So join me Wednesday as I talk to Kate and hear how her story is all God’s glory.