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Hollywood has tried real hard to portray God at work. I remember seeing Ben Hur for the first time and the Ten Commandments. These are amazing classics! Ben Hur was nominated for 12 Oscars and won 11! I’m sure you’ve seen parts of the film on TV around Easter or Christmas. But as good as we think Hollywood depicts God’s handiwork, what you and I are really interested in is how we can see God’s fingerprints on our daily lives.
The parting of the Red Sea, the Plagues, the Flood…all are things that are dramatically obvious signs of His work. But other times, I’m tellin’ ya, it’s downright difficult to see at all. Our lack of perception does not impede His workings. And, whether we can see it or not, He’s still doing what He wants to do.
I recently had a conversation with a dear friend about how God works. We discussed how we each have preconceived ideas on how the Lord does what He does and I pointed out that these preconceptions can actually be a hindrance to us being able to “see” God at work. You know – when He answers our prayers, we are happy about that and acknowledge His action on our behalf.
But what if He doesn’t give us what we requested? Many times we throw up our hands and conclude that – “well…I guess He’s not doing anything!” In Psalm 66:5-6 the writer shows a few of the many different ways God can work – sometimes with great deliverance! And, well…sometimes through painful situations (Psalm 66:10-12).
And I guess the biggest challenge with us totally missing God working in us is that we’re not paying enough attention. You tell me if your lifestyle is NOT busy. I bet you’re “scanning” this page right now! So there is little room for quiet moments in His presence. And without the time to invest in meditating and praying, our spiritual senses become dull.
Bottom line… people who read Scripture most of the time learn to recognize His activity in their lives…because what He does always lines up with His Word.
When I was in high school in the Amazon Jungle, we didn’t have electric lights at night, so you could see the Milky Way with ease. One year for many weeks, we could see a comet making its way across the galaxy. Once in sight, it was easy to show others. But you had to focus on that area of the night sky, or…you’d miss it.
Focusing on the Lord opens a new perspective. Your faith in Him will grow as you begin to figure out His activity in your life. And the happy times that come as the result of seeing Him work in the big and small areas of your life will have you thanking Him in good times…and bad.
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