Or we are like ants crawling across a painting by Rembrandt. When we come to the darker colors, it seems as if the entire painting is dark, somber, forbidding. Everything around us is dark brown or dark blue or midnight black. But if we could only stand back from the painting, we would see that the darker hues are offset by lighter colors — red, green, yellow, blue and orange. It is the darkness of the darker hues that makes the brighter colors stand out so vividly. So it is with life itself. We may spend days or weeks or years in the dark tones of life. Sickness, heartache, tragedy, mistreatment and betrayal may cause us to think that there are no lighter tones. But God is painting a masterpiece in your life and before he is finished, he will use every color on his palette. If you do not see the final product on earth, you will see it clearly in heaven.

I am reminded of Augustine’s famous words, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.” All things are made by him, and through him, and for him. He is the source, the means, and the goal of all creation. They are part of the “all things” of Romans 11:35.

To Him Be the Glory Forever!
What is left for us but the words of Paul in verse 36? “To him be the glory forever! Amen” (36d). The mysteries of God lead us in one of two directions. Either you give up your faith altogether and become a skeptic or you bow the knee before the God who is too great, too vast, too awesome for you to fully comprehend.

God always leaves us with a choice, doesn’t he? You can believe and be saved or you can doubt and be damned. But either way many of your questions will never be fully answered. If you choose to believe, then we are left with these final words: “To him be the glory forever!”

In life and in death--To him be the glory forever!
In joy and in sorrow--To him be the glory forever!
In good days and dark nights--To him be the glory forever!
In sickness and in health--To him be the glory forever!
In your career and in your home--To him be the glory forever!
In your marriage and in your children--To him be the glory forever!
In your prosperity and in your poverty--To him be the glory forever!
In days of peace and in times of war--To him be the glory forever!
In gentle breeze and in gathering storm--To him be the glory forever!
In the classroom and in the boardroom--To him be the glory forever!
In moments of victory and in darkest defeat--To him be the glory forever!
In prayers answered and in prayers unanswered--To him be the glory forever!
In yesterday’s tears, today’s rejoicing, and tomorrow’s adventures--To him be the glory forever!
In heaven and on earth--To him be the glory forever!

Whatever comes, whether tragedy or triumph, in the midst of the years, with the changing of the seasons, when we know enough or nothing at all, when hope is gone and all we have left is God,

To him alone be the glory forever! Amen.

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Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of  Keep Believing Ministries. He has ministered extensively overseas and is a frequent conference speaker and guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. He is the author of 27 books, including  Credo, The Healing Power of Forgiveness An Anchor for the Soul and  Why Did This Happen to Me?