“The Age of Reason” is a term that is used to describe an era that challenged the authority of the Bible. Personally, I find that rather ironic since it is precisely His Word, or His reason, that enables me to make right decisions in difficult situations.
One of keys to discovering the will of God, or the best course of action, in challenging situations is to ask a simple question: How can I best bring God glory?
In other words, are you poor? How can you best glorify God in your poverty?
Are you rich? How can you best glorify God in your wealth?
Are you in a heap of trouble, that is largely a consequence of your own doing? Then stop where you are right now and consider how you can best glorify God going forward. Since when has God been afraid of a mess?
Are you sick? How can you best glorify God in your affliction?
Once the decision to glorify God has been made, I have seen that goodness and mercy are right behind.
Surely the authors of the Westminster Shorter Catechism had it right when they declared that, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
In light of this, may the Word of God be our compass, “in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 4:11).