What God will not give you

God can and will do for His own, “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20).

But there are some things that He will not do for us or give us.  He will not lead us into temptation.  And He will not share with us His glory.  Thomas Watson says it well:

Glory is essential to the Godhead, as light is to the sun: he is called the ‘God of Glory.’ Acts 7:7. Glory is the sparkling of the Deity; it is so co-natural to the Godhead, that God cannot be God without it.  The creature’s honour is not essential to his being.  A king is a man without his regal ornaments, when his crown and royal robes are taken away; but God’s glory is such an essential part of his being, that he cannot be God without it.  God’s very life lies in his glory.  This glory can receive no addition, because it is infinite; it is that which God is most tender of, and which he will not part with. Isa 48:8: ‘My glory I will not give to another.’  God will give temporal blessings to his children, such as wisdom, riches, honour; he will give them spiritual blessings, he will give them grace, he will give them his love, he will give them heaven; but his essential glory he will not give to another.  King Pharaoh parted with a ring off his finger to Joseph, and a gold chain, but he would not part with his throne. Gen 41:10. ‘Only in the throne will I be greater than thou.’ So God will do much for his people; he will give them the inheritance; he will put some of Christ’s glory, as mediator, upon them; but his essential glory he will not part with… [my emphasis]

There is only One who is worthy of all glory and honor.  There is only One who, by definition, can be God; He cannot give away or share His glory with any other being.  He is the King and Lord of glory — the eternal God of heaven who is revealed in the Scriptures.

Yet this is also true — there is only one who is glorious and He cannot share His glory; but He does grant that those who are His can worship Him and declare and enjoy His glory now and forever more.  In Him we can find our delight and treasure.  No we cannot be worshipped; but we can worship!  And that is a gift of God to us, that He redeemed those who hated His name, and equipped them to be lovers and worshippers of Him.

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