Blog Posts on The Glory of God

When God Works for You

Jonathan Parnell

But they who wait for the Lᴏʀᴅ shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles;they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

It’s not exactly what we’d think, or could ever imagine. There’s nothing else like it. A God who is so mighty that he doesn’t need anything. A God who displays his glory not by our working for him, but his working for us.

John Piper explains in this four-minute video:


Waiting for the Lᴏʀᴅ means he will give... Continue Reading

The Allure of Middle-Earth

Tony Reinke
The Allure of Middle-Earth

More than seventy-five years after J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, the glory and majesty of Middle-earth continues to draw millions of readers, and more recently, moviegoers. This week, theaters prepare for Friday’s opening of the acclaimed new movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Partly, Tolkien’s enduring popularity can be explained by the way he artfully touches the greatest themes of our collective experience of this world. Tolkien draws on themes of glory and majesty... Continue Reading

How God Makes Our Nothing into Everything

David Mathis
How God Makes Our Nothing into Everything

The best place to be with empty hands is at the foot of the God who loves to make much of the least.

He is powerful enough to take the weak, and their nothing, and make it into everything for his glory and their everlasting joy. He is the God whose relentless pursuit of his own glory is not to our detriment but to our deepest satisfaction, both in enjoying him ourselves and in bringing others into such life-changing enjoyment.

Last week, John Piper was in Orlando to... Continue Reading

Live for the Particular Glories of Jesus, Not a Smudge

John Piper
Live for the Particular Glories of Jesus, Not a Smudge

If you ever wondered why we at Desiring God write so much about doctrinal particularities, here’s one answer.

If glory includes beauty, as I wrote last week, it includes lines. They may be curved or straight. But without lines there is no form. You would never see a cloud, if there were no border to it. The whole sky would be one color. You would never see the sun or the moon or a baseball, if there were no circumference. Never see an oak leaf, if there... Continue Reading

How Pervasive and Practical Is the Beauty of God?

John Piper
How Pervasive and Practical Is the Beauty of God?

Nothing ugly is ever called glorious in the Bible. There is “great sin” (Genesis 20:9), but never “glorious sin.” The evil one has “cosmic power” (Ephesians 6:12), but not cosmic “glory.” The reason for this is that sin and evil are not beautiful. But glory includes beauty. Glory includes more, but never less. Nothing ugly is glorious.

Therefore, the beauty of God is as pervasive and practical as the glory of God. If we admire the glory of God, we are... Continue Reading

Moving Evangelicals Beyond Idolatry

R. C. Sproul
Moving Evangelicals Beyond Idolatry

The central theme of Romans 1 concerns the general revelation that God makes of himself to the whole world. Paul labors the fact that the revelation of the gospel is to a world that is already under indictment for its universal rejection of God the Father. Christ came into a world that was populated by sinners. The most basic sin found in the world is that of idolatry.

Man is a fabricum idolarum. So wrote John Calvin in an attempt to capture the essence of human... Continue Reading

Why the Good News Turns Bad Without Adam

Michael Reeves
Why the Good News Turns Bad Without Adam

Picture the scene: George Whitefield has just been preaching. Everywhere, eyes are shining and people are talking of the wonderful grace of Christ. Thousands of hearts have been overthrown and melted; lives have been remade.

Now, if the church gives up believing in a historical Adam, we will never see such scenes again.

Too far?

A bit strong?

Not at all. For it is not just that the biblical genealogies depict Adam as a historical figure, not just that Paul can build... Continue Reading

Glory in the Mundane

David Mathis

God is big enough to make our most menial of tasks into something meaningful. He’s transcendent enough — and draws near enough to us — to make the mundane in our lives significant for his glory.

As a worship-leader for the Passion conferences, Christy Nockels knows what it’s like to enjoy God in the midst of a massive assembly for Jesus, and as a mother of three, she’s learning what it’s like to enjoy God in the middle of life’s many seemingly menial moments. Her most recent album,... Continue Reading

The Consummation of All Things

John Piper