Monday, December 17, 2012

A Sudden Glory.

A Sudden Glory: God's Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More  -     
        By: Sharon Jaynes
    
 A Sudden Glory is an almost poetic book, the theme of this book being that God pursues us, that God shows us His Glory, that we have a Glory Ache, a longing for God to fill.  God pursues us for He has been pursuing the human heart through the centuries, as Sharon reminds us. "The entire Bible from Genesis Three to Revelation 22:21 is a record of God's passionate pursuit of the human heart. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, a string of kings both good and bad, intermingled with prophets both wooing and warning God's people. We ended the last chapter of the Old Testament with silence. And then four hundred years later God breaks the Holy Hush with the Cry of a Babe in a manger as the story picks back up in Bethlehem."

The greatest Saints have always know they are pursued. Saints have always called us the Beloved, the Bride of  Christ the Bridegroom.  Spurgeon's best sermons, I think, are on the Song of Songs. A W Tozer knew how to pray that he would be pursued.  Francis Thompson wrote The Hound Of Heaven, the poem about our flight from God, the relentless Pursuer.

This is Sharon's prayer, that we would know we are pursued by God and we would respond.  Many women have come to Sharon and asked her how to feel closer to God. They all have one thing in common, they have a Glory Ache. They have a hollowness in them that they need filled, and God alone can fill it. They want God to reveal Himself to them. And these are not wrong desires.It is not wrong to desire to know that God is pursuing us, it is not wrong to ask God to overwhelm us with Himself.  It is not wrong to ask Christ to bind us on His arm as a seal, as a seal on His Heart. And that is the Promise we have! We have the promise that we can abide in Him. Not just during Church and spiritual activities, but during all of life. Pray without ceasing, Give thanks in everything. Sing to one another with Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs. These are things to be done all day as we go about our days. All these commands in the New Testament can be summed up in one verse. In God we Live and Move and Have our Being. 
 Perhaps one of the reasons we do not feel God with us is that we have divided the Sacred from the Secular, forgetting that all work done to the Glory of God in noble and sacred. I love this Luther quote.  "What you do in your House is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God.We should accustom our selves to think of our position and work as Sacred and well pleasing to God, not on account of the position or work, but on account of the Word and Faith from which the obedience and the work flow." When we Live and Move and have our Being in Christ, we have no secular days, for with Christ all is Sacred.

Perhaps part of the reason we feel far from God is that we are not looking for Him? God is pursuing His children, all day and every day. We are not seeing God's love and gifts in the beauty of sunlight shining over the wood kitchen floor. Of making soup. Of seeing bulbs sprout. Of the glow of Christmas lights. This is all part of Living and Moving and having our Being in God. When we live in Christ, we find God lavishing His glory on our life. We find God with us in suffering and trial as well as times of peace. That is when the Sudden Glory comes.

It is also worth thinking about how God speaks to us today. I do not believe that Christians are getting revelations from God, but I most certainly believe that God does reveal things to us through Scripture His perfect Word to His children, through circumstances- such as a loved one calling to give us a Scripture verse He had laid on their heart that very day, or a sparrow at our bird feeder that reminds us that a little sparrow cannot fall, unnoticed Lord by Thee, that is Sharon's perspective on this, when she says God speaks to us.

I am glad I read this book, there is much meat in it.

 A Sudden Glory, From WaterbrookMultnomah Press, is written by Sharon Jaynes.  I am blessed to have received my copy free for a review.  You may read her interview with Christianbook.com 


Sometimes we get so busy doing, that we miss God's gentle whisper drawing us closer. It is not a matter of if God speaks today, but if we'll listen. When God extends His hand and invites you to the dance floor, make sure you dance card isn't full. Moments of Sudden Glory abound if we will take the time to recognize them. 

 Visit her at her website, SharonJaynes.com.  
What is the "glory ache"? from Sharon Jaynes on Vimeo.

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