God’s Work

God at work

I preached a sermon yesterday from Psalm 96 celebrating the works of God. In this song of celebration I made a list of works that are found in the Bible. This list just scratches the surface of what God is doing, but remember this, God is doing a work and in His plan that work includes you. Let that be your song!

Here’s the list that I found just scanning my mind, heart and the pages of my Bible. Feel free to add to this list. I’d love to hear the work God is doing in your life today:

He’s our refuge, strength ever present help in the time of trouble (Ps. 46:1)

He’s faithful, even when we are faithless (2 Tim. 2:13)

He’s in the process of making all things new, including me. (Rev. 21:5)

He makes all things good for those who love Him. (Rom. 8:28)

He makes this present suffering pale in comparison to the glory that will be revealed (Rom. 8:18)

He causes us to be more than conquerers through Him (Rom. 8:37)

His gives gifts and a calling that is irrevocable. (Rom. 11:29)

He give us reason to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation and constant in prayer. (Rom. 12:12)

He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:57)

He has given us hope to have good courage. (2 Cor. 5:6)

He has called us His workmanship (masterpiece) (Eph. 2:10)

He is making us into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)

He’s made it possible for us to be filled with the knowledge of His will. (Col. 1:9)

He cancelled the record of debt against us and nailed it to the cross. (Col. 2:14)

He delivers those who are subject to the lifelong slavery of fear and death. (Heb. 2:15)

He’s a help to those who are tempted. (Heb. 2:18)

He give full assurance of hope until the end. (Heb. 6:11)

He has promised an eternal inheritance and given full assurance of faith. (Heb. 9:15; 10:22)

He will bring a complete end to sorrow, pain, tears and death! (Rev. 21:4)

He invites everyone who will hear to drink freely from the living water and never thirst again. (Rev. 22:17)

Let the song of your life resonate in your world today. God is doing a work and His work means all the difference!

The Attention getting God

If God could get your attention what do you think He’d say? Have you ever thought about that? As I read through Amos this morning in my Bible I was faced with some answers to questions like these, along with the reminder that God is constantly trying to get my attention through His Word, through nature which speaks of Him and even some times through circumstances. So, what is He trying to tell me?

Here are a couple truths that I found:

  1. 1.     God actually speaks through the prophets and Apostles that we might know His plans. That right, God wants you to know what He’s up to!

The prophet Amos, as He speaks on behalf of God, records these words; “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.”[1] He goes on to say, “The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?” In other words, when God speaks His plan, they can’t help but talk about it!

So, how does this affect you and me? That’s a great question. Not only does God have a plan for the nations, which is the context of Amos, but He also has a planned laid out for you and me as individuals. Notice what God said to the prophet Jeremiah as He revealed His purpose for Jeremiah,

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”[2]

God speaks in order to reveal His plans, and yes, those plans involve you!

  1. 2.     God speaks through His prophets, and His own works, to get His people to return to Him.

We all struggle with situations in life and struggle at times to get a handle on why things happen; especially bad things. We know, by the truth of Scripture, that God is not capable of evil, nor does He tempt anyone with evil (see James 1:13). But, God will use difficult circumstances for good as He desperately tries to get the attention of His people.

Several times in chapter four, Amos states that though God has used drought, blight, mildew and pestilence to try and gain the attention of His people, “[they] did not return to me.”

I’m not going to argue that it’s in any way difficult for God to communicate to His people; he did create the entire universe in a word, but He has made effort to communicate. God communicates first through His word, then through his world and even, at times, through circumstances.

So, let me ask you, how is trying to say to you today?

Here’s the good news, when He gets our attention and we begin to seek Him, we will find Him and find some answers. Notice again the words of Jeremiah:

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”[3]

God’s trying to get your attention today. Seek and listen, and watch the answers of God’s purpose in your life come.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Am 3:7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Ibid (Je 29:11).

[3] Ibid (Je 29:12–13).