What could be God’s interest in creating us? Have you thought of it? Many do not take time to think of it. Most of them are those that do not know God or do not find it necessary to know Him. The rest of them are with some form of faith in Him. Nevertheless, to think of it is having the zeal to receive God’s knowledge in His willingness. Then, we begin to see His thoughtfulness in creating us. A rich man will not allow his house and everything he owns to look shabby, since he desires honor. He builds his house in such way that his glory is manifested by everything he owns. Even so when God created us to let us dwell in His house and under Him, He did it with a view. That view is seen reflected in the Word. “Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!” (Ps. 8:5).
God created man to crown him with glory and majesty. It is as simple as that. It only becomes complicated when men choose not to look into the details of it. Unless God crowns us with them, we do not receive them and whatever we acquire apart from Him will be vain. This principle many disregard and many others do not comprehend. When people run after glory and majesty, they missed the point in God creating them. Men’s nature is to seek their own glory and majesty. And when they include church-goers, they are the self-proclaimed believers. But, believers’ glory and majesty is from God. It is because they are first separated from sin and its forms. God does not crown anyone with them unless he or she reflects His nature. Sin has become the cause of this prerequisite. It is for this reason we regularly see the glory and majesty of men outside His realm eventually fading away, ending up in shame or becoming worthless.
A true character of a believer is to wait on God to bestow on him glory and majesty. It means he is willing to walk in His ways and learn from Him. He may gently remind Him of His will to bless him, but does not walk away from Him. He shows eagerness to be intimate with Him by seeking His knowledge. He continues to work for the ways He has given him. He suffers and yet, does not curse Him. When this is your character, you do not have to worry of your future; you do not run like the world or the self-proclaimed believers. You know God has prepared a time to crown you with glory and majesty. If you still doubt its trueness, consider David. Ponder on how he became the king of Israel from being a shepherd. To each one of us God sets aside glory and majesty. It is according to His calling and His purpose. It differs from one to another, but it is certain.
Nevertheless, there is a catch we must be aware of. In other words, we ought to be aware of the no-win situation wherein we miss the glory and majesty God wishes to bestow on us. It is rebellion. The people of the former days courted it and led God to say the following. “Say now to the rebellious house, ‘Do you not know what these things mean?’ Say, ‘Behold, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took its king and princes and brought them to him in Babylon’” (Ezek. 17:12). They missed that which David received. To rebel against God in any form is suicide. We kill every good thing that is to come our way. Rebellion is a fruit of disobedience, which has the desire to sin. He who courts it has a deliberate itch to ignore God, His ways, principles and judgments. On the other hand, it is much better to be subservient to Him. Though it may not always be easy, it is the better thing to do. We ought to be deliberate in abiding with Him even when we do not understand everything and when we do not find answers to all things. For the beauty of God’s nature is to uphold His desire to crown us with glory and majesty. When we have come as far as being submissive to Him in all matters, we do not believe He lies or changes.
The only thing difficult when in submission to Him is waiting on Him. We wait on Him knowing that by it He crowns us with glory and majesty and hence, the difficulty. But, is there God’s specific intent in it? It is wonderful.
1. He wants us to know His goodness to us. By being submissive, we perceive it. While in the difficulty of waiting on Him, we still have various needs. And we begin to seek Him in a way that pleases Him; we grasp the secret of pleasing Him. We understand that He is willing to change His mind for our sake. He answers us for whatever we ask. “And He said to her, ‘Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter’” (Mark 7:29). By the time He crowns us with glory and majesty He has displayed Himself to us as the kind and loving God.
2. We must withstand difficult times. He allows them. “The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing” (John 6:18). In difficult times He manifests His power to us so that we are always aware of His might and nearness to us. They are a good opportunity to show our trust in Him. Though we are not instantly adept to do it, we eventually become able for it by the help He has been providing. We turn into a people that reflect His nature. Trials prepare us to walk in His ways and fulfill His will so that we receive the glory and majesty He reserved for us. They act as a reminder to His awesomeness throughout our life.
3. We should always belong to Him. One of the significant reasons for having to wait on Him is to unfailingly be the dwelling place of the Spirit. In other words, we do not offend God. We learn to always strive to live in the Spirit. Hence, it is said, “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Rom. 8:9). It is for God’s glory and majesty to perpetually remain on us that we are established as the house of the Spirit.
4. We ought to abundantly receive Christ. “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). We amass the wonderful and deeper things of Christ. We acquire the desire and ability to decipher and judge every matter from His viewpoint. We perceive the knowledge of life that is apart from Him and restrain from it. By His treasures we handle aright the things received from Him and qualify for the glory and majesty God set for us.
5. We should not have the mind to acquire the attitude of naïve and imprudent believers. Of them the Spirit said, “You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask” (Jam. 4:2).