Let Him Who Glories, Glory in the Lord
Thus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
If we possessed all the wisdom and riches of Solomon so that people came from afar to behold the wonder of it all, or all the strength of Samson so that our reputation was known far and wide, the glory of them would only be shades of gray compared to the brilliant glory of knowing our God.
There are people who believe that it is impossible to know Him. That knowledge of Him is too high and lofty to attain. And indeed, He is the High and Lofty One. But God tells us in Jeremiah that He desires for us to know Him. He desires it so much that He did not remain in the heavens, but He came down as the Son and dwelt among us to show us Who He is.
And Who does God say that He is?
He is the LORD, the self-existent One. He is the one and only Eternal God. He is the great I Am. To know Him we must first know this and acknowledge it in our hearts and receive Him as the Lord Whom He is. Once we know Him as Lord, we can begin to know Who the Lord is.
He proclaims that He is a God who not only possesses lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness, but He faithfully exercises those characteristics in our lives. He is not a God Who is uncaring or silent, but He is a God Who is active in the lives of His creation.
Have you ever thought that God didn't care or perhaps wasn't even aware of your hardship? Because we can't always see Him working in our lives does not mean that He isn't. Sometimes He is weaving together the details, taking us through a purification process which when completed, will reveal the imprint of God's own Son upon our lives.
If you are going through a trial right now, I pray that you will not fall into the trap of thinking that God's heart is hardened to your suffering. He has compassion on you and He is near to you. Who knows what beauty He is preparing for you through it? Ah, yes, He does.