Saturday, October 8, 2011

God At Work

Do we see God at work in our lives?  Not just the prayers answered with a resounding “Yes!”, but in those with a firm “No”, or especially those with “Wait”?

Too often we set expectations with our prayers and miss what God has to offer. When it’s “Yes” we’re pleased as punch and give ourselves a pat on the back for knowing what God had in mind for us – or for receiving a reward for getting it right.  With this in mind, we look upon “No” as a failure.  If we don’t see where we’ve failed, we think God must have.  A lot of times we see “Wait” as a “No” answer, too.

Get rid of those preconceived ideas about what we think God should be doing in our lives and in our prayer life.

The concept needs to be changed from our thinking God is responding to our prayers, our requests, to understanding that we are responding to God’s will in our lives.  Don’t keep a tally of positive prayer answers to see if God is responding.  Do keep track of how we approach Him in understanding of “Thy will be done.”

The Bible tells us that God said:

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (Isaiah 45:22-23 KJV)

Christ’s followers were fully aware of this:

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:11-12 KJV)

While we may allow accountability to others here, we are all accountable to God simply because:

The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (Psalms 24:1 KJV)

If you don’t think He’s capable of handling it without us, you don’t have a clue as to His power.  It is for our own sakes that we follow Him, not to increase or call attention to Him.  He doesn’t need us, we need Him.
As Jacob lay dying, with his sons around him, in the midst of blessing them he said:

I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD. (Genesis 49:18 KJV)

David understood that salvation:

But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. (Psalms 13:5 KJV)

And there came One, as prophesied, who brought God’s salvation to us all:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. (Zechariah 9:9 KJV)

Peter knew this as he stood in Jerusalem, filled with the Holy Spirit, and gave God’s word to those who would listen:

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12 KJV)

That, truly, is God at work.

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