What does it look like for God to be at work in our lives? For some of us, the answer to this question might be very simple, but for others, identifying and articulating the presence of God in our lives can be a faith-shaking ordeal.
I think that for many of us, the temptation is to put God into a “reactive box”. Whether we admit it or not, we can easily slip into the pattern of expecting good deeds to yield blessings and bad deeds to bring curses. This will eventually lead us toward a prosperity-oriented faith in which the end of our obedience is personal gain, and God has no real purpose other than judging our actions and giving out prizes.
Or sometimes we believe the other side of that pattern, where we see the good and bad parts of our lives as indicators of the presence or absence of God.
Do not buy in to the lie that the darkest times of our lives are absent of God. We must learn to understand that a lack of lateral movement in our lives does not equal a lack of God’s presence, nor does it mean that our present circumstances are not exactly where He wants us to be.
God is deeply at work in the best times of our lives, and He is equally involved in the worst. This shouldn’t bring fear, but great comfort; His timing is perfect. Waiting can be hard, it can even hurt; but sometimes the immediacy we expect (or even demand) from God can be the farthest thing from His plan.
I pray that we can find some peace in the reality that God is good and is actively at work in our lives. When we believe this truth, our waiting becomes less about where we’re going and more about celebrating God along the way. This response creates countless opportunities to tell others about all He’s done in our lives, and will ultimately draw us deeper into a faith that relies fully on the grace of God.
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:22-34