You don’t have to look far on the socials to see it.

Area families are struggling this week. Confusion, anger and fear are swirling all about, and–I’ve got to be honest with you–it’s easy to get caught up in the current. Decisions need to be made regarding the future of education: for the children we love, for the teachers we care deeply for, and for the good of the community at large.

It all feels so weighty, and a bit beyond our ability. It threatens to zap our strength and rob us of our joy.

Did you know that “weighty” is actually a term that we can use to describe God? Really. Maybe you’ve heard the term “glory” before. Another way to think about glory, or try to describe it, is to think about “weightiness”: something that has incredible significance, or how that thing’s presence affects the area around it.

Do you feel affected by the weightiness of the world around you today? I invite you to reexamine which weight you are welcoming into your heart today.

The weight of this world? It leaves us burdened, confused, and weary.

The weight of God? It leaves us in awe, amazed, and humbled.

God’s glory has the ability to lift our gaze from the darkness of this messed-up world. It reframes the troubles and trials we need to walk through, putting them in their proper place and reminding us that there is a God who is bigger and holds more weight than those things ever could. And this “weighty” God is full of love for us. When he revealed his glory to a man named Moses, he described himself this way: “The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” (Deuteronomy 34:6).

So, friend, I invite you to lift your gaze from the tarnished and failing “glory” of the world to the wonderful, never-failing glory of God. Take heart. He cares for you and desires to show you the weight of his abounding love and faithfulness.

“For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)

-devotion from Christa Lange Prill