There is glory, hidden in this. There is. I'm really stuck on it, but I won't apologize for being redundant.
Christ died. He was buried and it was over. They had crucified the God-man and the sky went black with remorse. The worst and unthinkable sin had been committed and the consequences stretched out to touch the cosmos. Christ died.
"Do you believe that God is sovereign?"
My mentor spoke these words while I awkwardly asked for some solid answers with tears streaming down my cheeks. She's not much of a cry-er, so she apologized for not being more sensitive but she did not apologize for her advice.
"Caroline, if you believe God is sovereign then His plan will not fail. Do you believe God is sovereign - that He is in control of everything and even this?"
I sniffled out a "Yes," and felt a little better. That was almost 5 years ago.
Now, my "yes" has less sniffles attached (most times), but it is the truth I cling to when the glory seems buried.
The truth of God's sovereignty is the dawn when glory feels hopelessly hidden six feet under.
It seems to me that after Jesus' death, more than any other time in the history or future of the world, the glory of Christ appeared hidden.
He was dead, gone, crucified, humiliated, en-tombed, embarrassed, done.
But there was glory hidden inside the worst and most heinous sinful crime. There was a resurrection and redemption. There was victory over sin and death. There was invitation to new life. There was reconciliation.
And all these things were planned in the mind of a loving and gracious Father before the beginning of time so that His children could come near and step into the light of His glory.
There was a glorious dawn hidden on the other side of the dark sky while the Savior's body was still limp. There was glory.
Do you believe that God is sovereign - that He truly does work everything out for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)? Do you believe that there is glory hidden inside the death of God?
Let the redeemed say, "Yes!" and "Amen!"
Today, what part of your world do you doubt God's sovereignty reaches - finances, relationships, future, career, children, politics or your health insurance?
Do you believe God is sovereign - in control of everything and even this? Because God has hidden glory in your "even this" and it would delight Him greatly if you believed Him.