Wednesday, January 1, 2014

God Still Works

"But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work."  John 5:17

Our God is a God at work. The Bible starts with Him working in creation, and it ends with Him working His purpose at the end of this age. In between, He has been working His purpose among men, and in those that have allowed Him.

There are many times that men have wondered if God is still at work. Some have even proposed that He just started everything in motion, and is just letting things happen however they happen. However, as we read through the Old Testament, we constantly find God's hand in the events of history. Nothing man has done or will do can change or hold back the work that God has planned. "Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?"  Isaiah 43:13.

God was working preparing for the coming of His Son Jesus. He was preparing for the right time. He moved people and nations to accomplish His plan for bringing salvation to man. God's plan has always been to bring all things together in Jesus Christ. "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:"  Ephesians 1:10.

While Jesus was here, He went about doing His Father's work. Even at age 12, He was busy in the temple as His parents looked for Him. His constant will was to finish the work His Father sent Him to do. "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."  John 4:34.

God is still at work today in the affairs of men, but more importantly, He is working in the lives of those that have yielded to Him. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."  Philippians 2:13. We are so privileged to be the objects of God's work today. To imagine what God can accomplish for an eternal benefit to us if we just allow Him. And, as He works in our life, He allows us to work with Him in His purpose.

I have heard some that think that if we don't accomplish a certain task for God, that it will not be accomplished. However, I am reminded that nothing can stop or even alter God's plan. His purposes will be accomplished. The marvelous thing is that God calls us to work, and then enables us to work, and then accomplishes the work. "So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase." 1 Corinthians 3:7. What a great privilege to be drawn into such a close communion with our Heavenly Father. He does not require our 'help' to accomplish His purposes, yet He still invites us along side by His grace.

We would be wise to allow God to work in our lives, and to be willing to do the work that He calls us to, as there is eternal value being worked by Him.
Gordon Crook

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