Hallowed be your name.
(Matthew 6:9)
There is in each of us an envy; O how hard a matter it is to rejoice
in the gifts, graces, and labors of others, and be content
in circumstances, when God casts us by as unworthy and uses others
to glorify his name! We are troubled if others glorify God, and not us,
or more than us, or if they are more holy, more useful, or more serious;
self will not yield to this. Now by putting up this prayer to God, we
leave it to him to choose the instrument that he will employ. We should
be content to be abased and obscure provided Christ is honored
and exalted. Many times we must be content, not only to be active
instruments but passive objects of his glory. If God will glorify himself
by our poverty, or our disgrace, our pain, and sickness, we must be
content. We need to deal with God seriously about this matter that
we may submit to the Lord’s will as Jesus: ‘Save me from this hour;
but for this cause came I unto this hour: Father, glorify thy name’
(John 12:27-28). This was the humble submission of Christ Jesus, and
it should be in us! The martyrs were contented to be bound to the
stake, if that way God might use them for his glory. ‘My earnest
expectation and hope . . . Christ . . . exalted in my body, whether by life
or by death’ (Phil. 1:20). We need to deal with God that we may have
the end, and leave the means to his own choosing; that God may be
glorified in our condition, whatever it is. If he wills for us to be rich
and full, that he might be glorified in our bounty; if he wills for us to
be poor and low, that he may be glorified in our patience; if he will
have us healthy, that he may be glorified in our labor; if he will have
us sick, that he may be glorified in our pain; if he will have us live, that
he may be glorified in our lives; if he will have us die, that he may be
glorified in our deaths (Rom. 14:8).
8 January
Thomas Manton, Works, i:77

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