Lisa is the wife of Eddy Solano Koplin, an administrator in Lima, Peru.
“He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord!” (I Corinthians 1:31)
As I sit down to put into words what I had initially purposed in my heart to share, I have sensed that the Lord would have me to add something more. It is my desire to encourage you in the midst of your trials to seek to glorify God in all of your circumstances.
You may have heard the question before, “What is the chief end of man?” and its answer, “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Logically, one then asks him or herself, “If my chief end is to glorify God, then how do I go about doing so?” Jesus tells us in the Gospel of John that His Father is glorified when His disciples bear much fruit.” Many of you have probably read about the fruit of the Spirit or even learned catchy little songs to memorize what they are; but how do we go about producing this fruit that will ultimately glorify God?
Although there are various ways the Lord works in and through us to produce fruit in our lives that bring glory to His name, there is one particular method that He uses that we do not particularly like to meditate on: trials. Both the Apostle Paul and James tell us that our tribulations produce within us patience––precisely one of the fruits for which we have been searching. I especially like that Paul goes on to say in Romans 5 that patience in turn produces experience, and experience hope.
In our time serving the Lord in Lima, Peru, we have passed through some very trying times; we have suffered and been stretched; but we have learned to understand that these circumstances are allowed or even facilitated by God at times in order to mold us into His image. As difficult as some of the trials have been, I can truly thank God for the transforming work He is doing in both myself and my husband as we learn to wait patiently on Him, have faith in His timing, and grow in His grace and in experience.
As of late, in my devotional time, the Lord has been revealing to me that I should not only welcome trials for the good that they produce in me; but also, to go one step further, I should glorify God in the midst of them. He has gone so far to challenge me to see His hand, and not mine, in the outcome of every trial and give Him the glory due His name. I have been humbly reminded that if I am to glory in anything, it shall be the Lord! Be encouraged this day––the trials you are passing through are for your good; and what is more, they are to glorify your Father in heaven. Praise Him as He refines you, and give glory to Him as He leads you through your current tribulation, knowing that this glorifying fruit being produced within you is for the fulfillment of that chief end.