He’s at work

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Inside your body there is a tireless muscle that contracts around 60 times per minute, night and day, when you’re awake or asleep. In your lifetime your heart will pump life-sustaining, oxygen rich blood throughout your body.  It works- very hard – keeping us alive.  We do not think much about it unless someone we love or know dies of a heart attack. Then, for a few days, we are aware of the beating heart in our chest.

This Monday morning I want to remind you that God is at work in your life, much like your heart, all the time, night and day! Unlike your heart, He will not tear or wear out. He is sustaining us, pressing us towards His purposes and working for our good.  Paul was inspired to give us this truth to live by. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:28-29, NIV)  Evil pushes back against His plan.  He gives humanity the freedom to work with Him or to resist Him to their own peril.  But, His work on our behalf is constant!

Joseph, that amazing man whose story is told at the end of Genesis, experienced the tireless working of the Lord. When we read his life story we have the advantage of seeing it all – beginning to end. We are amazed at the ‘coincidences’ that bring him from one critical encounter to the next. He had to live by faith through years of difficulty to reach the place God had planned for him.  God had made a promise to Abraham that his descendants would be a blessing to the whole earth. He also saw that a famine in the land would wipe them out and He prepared a deliverer – Joseph!  The teenage boy had visions of his future, glimpses of the power, but had no clue what those visions meant!

His jealous brothers sold him to slave traders who carried him to Egypt. Potiphar bought him and Joseph’s diligent efforts soon brought him to the management of the household. Potiphar’s wife took an unhealthy interest in him and when he rebuffed her advances, she falsely accused him and he landed in prison. After years there, he met 2 men from the Pharaoh’s service, who were imprisoned. They sought his interpretation of their dreams as he was respected as a man who knew God by that time. What he told them was true. One man was released back to Pharaoh’s service and promptly forgot all about Joe until … the king had a dream he could not understand.  Joe was called and wisely, by the Spirit of God, interpreted the dream.  He became the Prime Minister of Egypt, leading the country to prepare for the terrible famine God revealed in the dream.

Years later, his brothers stood before him in the court to get food for their starving families back in Canaan. After revealing to them that he was the brother they had sold into slavery decades before, Joseph told them this – “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:19-20, NIV)

Two questions for you today –

Will you trust God’s work that continues in your life, all the time?
Will you cooperate with His purposes so that you will be “conformed to the likeness of His Son?”  (become like Jesus!)

There is a place of spiritual rest in the center of the will of God. We find His will best when we choose daily obedience and faith, trusting that He is at work equally when the sun shines and when the storms rage. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Join Paul in this statement of faith today.  He was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel. But he was not whining, not condemning himself for some imagined failing, or even doubting the plan of God.  Make his faith your faith.  Here is the word from the Word. “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12, NIV)

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

(The hymn that celebrates God’s wonderful work for us)

Great is Thy faithfulness
O God my Father
There is no shadow
Of turning with Thee
Thou changest not
Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been
Thou forever wilt be

 Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning
New mercies I see
All I have needed
Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me

 Summer and winter
And springtime and harvest
Sun moon and stars
In their courses above
Join with all nature
In manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness
Mercy and love

 Pardon for sin
And a peace that endureth
Thy own dear presence
To cheer and to guide
Strength for today
And bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine
With ten thousand beside

Thomas Obediah Chisholm | William Marion Runyan © Words: Public Domain

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