God's working ground

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I had a very good discussion with a friend this afternoon about how God moves and works in our lives. We may wish for clear and verbal directions from God – “do this”, “do that”, “go here”, “go there” – but to most of us, that does not quite happen. This reminded me of Abraham. When God called him to move out of Haran, though He was verbal, He was not too clear in His instructions either. He gave just enough information: “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you,” (Exo 12:1).

We may not hear God as directly as Abraham did, but if we look back into our lives, chances are that we do see that He has been working out good things for us, that we had not seen then. Things which at that time seem bad and situations we find ourselves in which we had rather not, turned out to be stepping stones to things that are better.

The good that we find ourselves in now is the fruit of our obedience to Christ and the bad we are in right now is the plowing and readying of the soil for something good. God is working in us, He wants to work in us and we must allow him to, however dismal we are at the moment.

But what we are working out ultimately and what we are letting God work in us ultimately is our salvation, and that we must work out in fear and in trembling (Phil 2:12).

Picture by H. Dreyer

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