Rev. Richard Smith

Non Nobis Domine: The Glory belongs to God

Published Feb 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

As I followed through with a suggested read, “The Invisible Hand,” by R.C. Sproul, I was reminded that all the glory goes to God in every facet of our lives; good and bad!

We may not see his invisible hand working in our daily lives, but God is working in us and through us in every circumstance in our lives!

Recently, the Philadephia Eagles won the superbowl! I am pleased that many of the players gave all the glory to God. Their skills and their ability to face an incredible team as underdogs and win was incredible, and God was heralded for it!

In the book of 1 Samuel, David faced a seemingly impossible and scary task of defeating the giant goliath. He was a young boy who faced the task knowing that the battle, and the victory belonged to the Lord; utter dependence upon providence and not self-reliance.

Gideon too, in the book of Judges, faced a mighty army of Midionites that were destroying everything in their path. God raised Gideon up, calling him a “mighty man of valor.”

Gideon responded in human nature, knowing that his clan was of the weakest, and that he was the weakest in his clan! His question was, “how?” God simply said, “I am with you.”

In reading the story further, after Gideon gathered a large force, God took away most of the 32,000 fighting force except 300 men.

After the battle, 120,000 of the Midian soldiers killed and the rest fled in terror.

How could this happen? God’s invisible hand; His providence at work.

He purposely reduced Gideon’s army to face the impossible task of winning the battle. God would ultimately be glorified.

Today, you and I face many battles too. We live in a fallen world and become faced with valleys, and mountains before us! We struggle to face dire circumstance on our own, with our own strength. Many of us attempt to throw out the statement, “God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.”

Friends, that is a lie. In fact, God will allow many things to be put in our path that we can’t handle. This is when we must face the fact that without God we can’t handle anything. Even in the smallest tasks that we face, God is needed. What we do is pray about the big things!

Some of my family is traveling abroad next week. Our natural thing is to pray for their safety.

What we fail to do is look at the daily, mundane things we do and put it all in God’s hands. When we get in our car and go on the road, we face the most dangerous place possible, yet we fail to pray for God’s safety, and praise him for his handiwork in our lives.

As we look at every circumstance in our lives, the good, the bad, the ugly, may we all understand that God’s invisible hand is at work and planning every detail.

Although we may not see the fruit of it, He wants the very best for us. Give him all the glory for everything; it belongs to him!  

Psalm 86:12 I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.