God Is At Work
LIFE IS FILLED WITH PAIN AND SUFFERING. Even when it comes to our faith, things don’t always turn out the way we thought they might.
Marriages struggle to stay together and sometimes they don’t. Raising children in the faith doesn’t come with guarantees that they will continue in faith. We can be one diagnosis away from having our lives altered. Injustice abounds in this world in many different forms. Add to this the waning influence the church seems to have in an ever increasing secular culture.
It is easy to look around at this world and our lives and to wonder: Is God at work?
In spite of what you see and experience, the Scriptures affirm for us that indeed God is at work. In fact, the essence of faith is to believe what God says to be true. Through the Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32), Jesus tells us that though the “seed of the kingdom of God” seems small and insignificant, it is growing to be the largest plant of all. In other words, God is at work, whether you see it or not.
This is one of the daily affirmations in “Our Way of Life.” Daily we affirm this to be true: “I will live with the conviction that God is at work in and through my life.”
What does it look like to live by the conviction that God is at work in and through your life?
Confidence: This conviction gives me confidence because God is the one doing the work. Paul says in Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this; that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Do you hear the confidence with which Paul writes this great verse? “And I am sure of this...” You too can be sure, confident, that God is at work in your life.
Trust: Difficult circumstances in life can cause us to lose trust in God. But Paul says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Even those circumstances that may cause you to wonder whether God is at work are being used by God for good. You can trust God because someday God will wipe away every tear! (Revelation 21:4)
Faithfulness: Finally this truth encourages us to be faithful in serving God. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” Because we know God is at work through us, we can faithfully serve God wherever he has placed us and we know that he is using us for his good.
“I will live with the conviction that God is at work in and through my life.”
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