by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday February 15, 2005
Watching God Work
We have the privilege of serving a God who does abundantly more than we can imagine. Most Christians go through their daily life with no real awareness that the Lord is at work. However, He is active all the time orchestrating circumstances, listening to our prayers, and working through us to serve others. You are God's creation, and He is at work in your life so that you will bring Him glory and honor.
We must learn to see God at work. To do that, we first need to observe how He worked in the lives of men and women in Scripture. It is also important to listen to what He says to our hearts. If we think God has never spoken to us, then we either have not been listening or we do not really expect an answer at all.
To listen and learn, we must have a right relationship with the Lord, confessing our sins and choosing to serve Him. We cannot see God at work if we are not prayerful people. Prayer centers our attention on Him. That focus opens us to the fact that we are loved enough to receive direction from our Father.
Often, though, we do not receive guidance according to our schedule. God often works over long periods of time, so we must practice patience. A human parent needs at least 18 years to teach a child how to function appropriately in the world. How much longer must it take God to achieve His goal of making us into the image of His Son?
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