September 4 – Let God Be Glorified
«And Jesus went forth…moved with compassion…and he healed their sick. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.»
(Matthew 14:14; 15:30-31)
Religious tradition says that God gets glory when we bear up nobly under the agony of sickness and disease. But that’s not what the Bible says. It says God gets glory when the blind see and the lame walk and the maimed are made whole!
In India or Africa where people haven’t been taught those kinds of religious traditions, when somebody stands up and announces, «I come to you as a messenger from the most high God,» people believe what he has to say. When they hear that Jesus, the King of Kings, shed His blood for them; when they hear that He’s sent His messenger to tell them that He’ll deliver them from sin and sickness and death today, they get excited. They don’t argue with the Word of God. So you know what happensí
People begin to get healed. People start throwing away their crutches and flinging off their bandages!
When we learn to hear the Word of God like that, the same thing will happen to us. God is no respecter of persons. His Word works for everyone. It’s how we receive it that makes the difference!