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God and Glory


Written by James I. Packer (1926-2020), an English-born Canadian evangelical theologian, cleric, and writer. This is an excerpt from his book “Hot Tub Religion.”

If it is right for man to have the glory of God as his goal, can it be wrong for God to have the same goal? If man can have no higher purpose than God’s glory, how can God? If it is wrong for man to seek a lesser end than this, it would be wrong for God, too. The reason it cannot be right for man to live for himself, as if he were God, is because he is not God. However, it cannot be wrong for God to seek his own glory, simply because he is God. Those who insist that God should not seek his glory in all things are really asking that he cease to be God. And there is no greater blasphemy than to will God out of existence.


From the Syriac Liturgy of the third or late 4th century.

Father in Heaven, I pause and I look to You. Fan the flame within me, Lord! Bring life to the gifts You’ve imparted to me! Open my eyes to see evidences of Your glory everywhere I turn. Put faith in my heart to step out, to be a necessary miracle in somebody’s life today. And as I wait for my own personal breakthroughs, work through me to help someone else break through to their next place of promise. I love You, Lord. I need You every hour. And I have You every moment of every hour. I’m abundantly blessed. Amen.

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