Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
There was finally a break through, light penetrating though a tiny pinhole in my heart. There had been a recurring theme popping up that we should "Rest In God", but the impact never went to the depth I believe I needed or rather God desired. I spent the morning reading Ecclesiastes and even taking a nap with prayers on my heart and scripture in my thoughts. It was ok, because I had time to rest. In time the Lord opened my eyes to see that I am usually resting on my own strength, resting on my own understanding, resting or better said, "TRUSTING" in my own abilities. When I do this, I am the one who receives the glory and yet I was created by God with the chief end to bring glory to Him. When I trust in and rely on myself I am actually robbing God of glory. It is as if I am marching into the treasury of heaven and robbing from God's treasuries of glory. Satan desired God's glory, Adam and Eve desired it, and so do I. Ouch!
I will be flushing out more that God began opening my eyes to in the days ahead, but to start the journey into better understanding "Rest in God...Lest we rob Him of glory" lets look at some verses to set our course.
1Cor 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1Peter 4:10-11 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Rev 1:5-6 To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom of priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Eph 3:21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Rom 11:34-36 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
The early church founders understood this when they coined the Latin phrase Soli Deo Gloria - Solely To God Be Glory!