In seasons of happiness, obedience can come more naturally. We are energized by joy and desire to serve God.
But seasons of difficulty are much different. In seasons of suffering, sadness, anxiety, and weakness, obedience does not come so naturally. When I am filled with anxiety, all I want to do is lie in bed and dwell on my worries, flip through the what ifs, and argue against rational thinking. I want to scroll through Facebook posts and get lost in Instagram stories, forgetting my difficulty.
And yet, my God-given purpose to glorify him has not changed in those seasons of rampant anxiety. Even in those moments, God is calling me to be a mirror that is reflecting him and his gospel.
The Example of Joseph
When I think of someone who sought to glorify God at all times, I think of Joseph.
He was sold into slavery, yet he honored God by being hard-working and trustworthy to his owner. He was thrown in jail under a false pretense, yet he glorified God by serving in the prison and interpreting dreams when God gave him the wisdom to do so. He was taken from the jail and put in service to Pharaoh, saving many from dying of hunger in the famine.
No matter how trying the season, Joseph kept his eyes heavenward. He may have felt the crushing weight of fear in each of these moments, but he knew the faithfulness of his God and trusted him with the season, seeking to glorify Him in the midst of it.
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