||Why It Is Important To See God At Work
What I am doing seems to have little or no impact. I often feel unproductive and unfruitful. It is no longer effective for me to continue; at this point, I only see what I am doing as a waste of time. If you have ever made one of these statements, it can certainly cause you to feel discouraged or even angry at the lack of results. Whether it is a statement in reference to a family member, place of employment, hobby, or DIY home project, it is not a good feeling when you are lacking a breakthrough.
In your spiritual life, I wonder how many people make similar statements. How many children of God are frustrated by a dry season in their prayer life. How many can't seem to discover the benefits of living the Christian life. How many feel overwhelmed by the pressures of life and practicing biblical principles doesn't seem to be working. Well, my friend! You are not alone! Over and over again in the Bible we discover men and women of God who were equally frustrated, yet their stories have a strong ending.
In one example, Elijah was discouraged because he thought he was standing alone for God. As he felt alone in his battle against Ahab and Jezebel, facing the threat of death, God assured him that he was not alone. Even in the still small voice of God at the entrance of the cave, God assured him of His presence.
In Philippians 1:6, Paul wanted the Philippians to have the confidence that God always finishes what He starts. The Greek word for confidence is also rendered as "persuaded or convinced." In the midst of challenges and crisis, it is the assurance of God's faithfulness that the work He started in our life will come to a completion when the Lord calls us home. Until then, we are a work in progress. We may fall short, we may fall down, we may fall hard at times in our lives, but God is faithful! Let me pause right here for you to contemplate that last sentence.
When you have the confidence that God is working in your life, you will begin to see your circumstances not as obstacles, but opportunities. What someone else might see as a problem, you will see as progress. Why? Because you have the assurance and confidence that God is doing a work...not just any work, but a good work. Ephesians 2:10 declares, "For we are his workmanship..." That is, we are His handiwork, we are His masterpiece. If you know that God is making something extra special out of you, how can you not rejoice in the work that He is doing in your life?