WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (CEV)
MY FATHER IS ALWAYS AT WORK
When Jesus gave His life, He entrusted the Father with His “spirit.” Our spirit is that part of us that connects with God because God is spirit (John 4:24). The Apostle Paul notes that we are comprised of spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Before we are born again, our spirit is dead. After we come to faith in Christ, our spirit is made alive. After our conversion, we can talk to God and hear from Him.
Because God is spirit, He is working in a realm that we cannot see. The problem many of us face is that we tend to interpret reality in terms of the visual realm. If I can’t see something, I assume it’s not happening. But that’s not the way God operates. An example is what happened behind the scenes in the days leading up to Paul’s conversion. While followers of Christ were suffering under his ruthless persecution (Acts 8:1-3), God was preparing to transform him into a dynamic representative of Christ (9:15). Even though it may appear that nothing is happening, God is at work—behind the scenes, in the background, accomplishing His purpose.
For the shooting of the movie, Ben Hur, Charleston Heston was training to drive a chariot. Heston was having trouble with the apparatus, so he confided in his director, William Wyler. He said, “I can barely stay on this thing. I can’t win the race.” Wyler told Heston, “Your job is to stay on it. It’s my job to make sure you win.” Our job is to simply stay in the chariot of obedience and leave the results to God.
How would your response to life’s difficulties be different if you always remembered that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf? Ask God to help you trust that He is working behind the scenes in the circumstances where it seems there is no hope. Write your prayer in the space below.
In John 5:17 (NLT2), Jesus reminds us, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” Praise God that He never sleeps or gets tired of working on your behalf to accomplish His purposes.