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April 2 Devotion: God Is At Work

 “GOD IS AT WORK”


And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.  17).  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.  18). Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he had not only broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.  19).  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily verily I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but that he seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

  JOHN 5:16-19


Throughout the Bible, we observe God at work in people’s lives. Sometimes He acts in dramatic fashion, as in parting the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to escape the Egyptian army. At other times it may appear as if He’s not taking any action. Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother needed His help, but Christ delayed before traveling to their home (John 11:3-6).

Our Father has given us the Holy Spirit to help us recognize His presence and handiwork. The Spirit cultivates spiritual discernment in us so we can understand when and where He’s at work.

In addition to spiritual discernment, we must develop patience because the Lord operates according to His timetable, not ours. After being promised numerous descendants, Abraham had to wait until he and Sarah were beyond childbearing years before she conceived. Impatience can cause us to take matters into our own hands and make mistakes.

His plan can also lead through painful times, which was Joseph’s experience. Before the Lord elevated him to a position of authority to help his family, Joseph was sold into slavery and unjustly imprisoned.

Jesus told the disciples that His Father was always at work and so was He. We will be encouraged and strengthened in our faith when we recognize the ways in which God is operating. These glimpses of His handiwork will help motivate us to stay the courseand help us to maintain a godly perspective on life.

-IBC

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