13 Mar 2012
Would you take a three minutes to consider this question? What is your present perspective regarding the working of God?
It seems that in our day of sophisticated scientific thought and philological reasoning we are under much pressure to come to a lonely place where we subconsciously begin to believe we must work diligently to keep God inflated. It is almost as if we perceive God as a huge plastic balloon and we are at the pump trying to keep Him inflated while the world around with rapid firing shotguns persistently punctures our personification and threatens to bring His entire entity crashing down. While no doubt this is an exaggerated depiction; the real question is what do we really believe about God’s power and His propensity to initiate work in our personal world? This may beg the question: is our ministry mostly up to us or mostly up to God?
We will nearly always see more often and more clearly those things for which we are looking. Our eyes will catch the smallest subtle movement or hint of attitude when we are anticipating, fixing laser focused attention to the subject at hand. Picture a hunter in a tree stand. He is scanning his field of vision for the slightest hint of movement. This is precisely how we should be watching for the working of God in our midst. As an exceptional hunter knows the habits of his prey, we too are taught in God’s Word the nature of our God; [God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit] We are taught: He is always working …… seeking to save and to reconcile and to bless.
Jesus used the backdrop of the healing of the lame man by the pool of Bethesda to make this point:
John 5:15-17 (AMP)
15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had made him well.
16 For this reason the Jews began to persecute (annoy, torment) Jesus and sought to kill Him, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
17 But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work.
Jesus’ response is without doubt pregnant with spiritual principals; however we simply want to focus on one simple truth namely: God is always working. This means God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are powerfully at work in our midst right now!
A consistent characteristic of the nature of the work of God is: we can simply see a small part of it. God's working is most like an iceberg, nearly all of it is unseen. This is in contrasted to our persistent personal pursuit; we would most like to believe what we have first seen. We are so prone to subscribe to the popular anti-biblical perspective: “seeing is believing.”
But what about the eyes of faith, where is the place of praise for the things we have not seen?
Our glass [from God] is always more than half full! Yet we have an adversary who persistently promotes the empty glass [ life, Ministry ] point of view. Oh God, give us baptized eyes to see where you are working and a heart of faith that sees what it cannot see.