for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”
I Peter 4:14
Fear took command of my heart as I stepped onto the property of my childhood church. I would have to face people who were talking—about me. Quickly, I walked past the circle of friends. Shame covered me and I lowered my head to escape their scrutinizing faces. What was my offense? I was a religious fanatic. Who were my scorners?—to my dismay, other Christians.
For several years I had treasured teaching the kindergartners in Sunday School. The new administration thought it necessary to observe my class. They gave me a “helper” who began telling me what the children needed. She felt that the Easter story containing the account of the crucifixion was too brutal. They were too young. I complied with her wishes allowing her to do a follow up exercise. In her opinion, this would soften the harshness of Calvary. Despite efforts to compromise, the regulation of my teaching continued.
Talking with my pastors brought no relief and the pressure mounted. The day finally came when I sadly walked away from my deep love of teaching children.
“…for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”
In the midst of this turmoil I stumbled upon I Peter 4:14. Suddenly, I was clothed in the glory of God. The trial became sweet as He filled me with His glory, His presence and His comfort. The next time I suffered injustice was far more grueling, but I anticipated the glory and heard Him say, “Be still. Don’t raise your voice to be heard. I will vindicate you.” The glory of God filled me again and I sang in the valley.
If you have lived any length of time, I suspect you have suffered cruel judgment by those who think they have that right. You are in good company for those who went before you endured cruel mockings for the cause of Christ. I encourage you today dear one, to lift up your head and receive solace from His promise. If you are reproached for His sake, rejoice, for the spirit of glory and of God will rest upon you.
I see His arms outstretched for you. In His hands He holds your cloak of glory.