Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Way God Works

The Way God Works

I want to be like Moses when he says, “Teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you” Exodus 33:13. So I thought I would spend some time looking at the ways of God. Let me start by saying that the way God works is too great for us to comprehend, but God does give us a glimpse in His Word of His ways in holiness and righteousness. When you look in the back of your Bible at the handy concordance under the word “ways,” you will find a few verses worth looking at. They begin to shed a lot of light on the ways of God versus our ways.

Psalm 25:10 reminds us that “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of His covenant.” David has learned that following God with his whole heart will reap a loving and faithful God who will provide and protect. In Psalm 51:13, David mentions that when a willing spirit was restored, “he would teach transgressors God’s ways so that sinners will turn back to Him.” There is power in the ways of God. They are able to turn a sinner from his sin.

In Isaiah 55:8, God says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.” Our ways apart from God are wicked and unrighteous. We have to intentionally turn from our ways and pursue the ways of God in order to be under His authority and watch care.

All through Scripture we see the principle of sowing and reaping at work. Paul tells the church of Galatia that a man reaps what he sows. “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Galatians 6:8-9.

So in a sense, God works by building current events on the foundation of past events (Barry, J.D., & Kruyswijk, R. 2012, Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional.). God gives us a window to see His ways clearly. As I begin to look at God’s work in my life, I begin to see a harmony between God’s ways and what is currently taking place. Not only is God at work today in the things that are transpiring, but He is also using them to prepare and put into place events that are to come. The pattern is just as important as the event. Praise God that He reveals Himself to us through His ways.

So, in essence, we have a part to play in the things God is doing. We are called to sow to please the Spirit. When we do we will reap eternal life and all the blessings that flow out of God’s grace.

I look forward to our Matthew training tonight (Wednesday) at 6:45 p.m. It will take place for the next 4 weeks. Come and intentionally prepare to impact your sphere of influence with the Hope only found in Jesus.

Joy in Jesus!

Pastor Mike

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