In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
October 9, 2007 – How God Works – Genesis 45:3-8
God has been at work since verse one of the Bible, and He is still orchestrating events involving nations, families, and individuals. While He uniquely tailors His plan for each person, our Father wants all people to come to saving faith, and He works to conform every Christian to His Son’s image.
Transforming believers into reflections of Jesus is a long process of small changes, which means God’s work may at times seem slow to us. The Lord assured Abraham he’d be the father of nations, but he had to wait decades for the promised son (Genesis 15:1-5). Even though God was at work the entire time, Abraham must have wondered if the pledge had been forgotten. God’s patient timing lets Him coordinate every detail perfectly.
Believers like to swap stories about God’s dramatic intervention in their lives. Knowing that He provides, rescues, or heals is exciting and reassuring. But He also works in ways that seem inconsequential. Upon arriving in Egypt, Joseph was just a menial servant in Potiphar’s household—yet this was his first step toward becoming the country’s second-in-command (Genesis 39:1-4; 41:41). God has a purpose for everything that comes into our life—including friendships, jobs, and even conversations. Nothing is trivial.
If you want to experience God in action, you don’t have to wait for Him to do something big in your life. Be attentive, because every day is an opportunity to see Him at work. Get into His Word so you can understand how He has acted in others’ lives. Then watch for His involvement in your own.
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