Many years ago a pastor friend ask his congregation, “What has the Lord done in you life lately? If you can not point to a specific item, then you are probably living a religious life instead of walking daily with the Lord.” Initially I thought that was a harsh statement, but have come to realize it’s truth over the last several years.
The growth and financing of our company is a great example of what our Lord has done lately in our lives. Two weeks ago we walked out of the bank wondering how we would fulfill signed contracts we already had and meet the other requests that seemed to flow in daily for the business.
I looked in my hands and knew that without His help, we could not begin to start to buy everything we needed for the second unit. That’s when He stepped in and opened doors for financing the 2 big ticket items, the 2nd motorhome and trailer. I’m not sure how they calculate everything in making decisions, and honestly I’m not sure I care, all I know is we picked up the trailer last week and will pick up the motorhome in 2 weeks.
Yes, we had to bring our lunch (what little savings and open credit we had). But that’s when the Lord does His best work, He can do a whole lot with what does not look like enough. He fed 5000 men with a boys lunch (5 loaves of bread and 2 fish) with food left over, read Matt 14:13-21. The bigger miracle, the number was probably well over 15,000 when you add the women and children.
What is the Lord asking you to trust Him with today? Your health, a relationship, finances, children or ______ fill in the blank. Bring what you have to Him and lay it at His feet, then get on about life. Just like a seed bursting to life in the spring, hope eternal rests in our Lords hands. You can trust Him!
by Os Hillman
“I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.” – John 3:11
When is the last time God did something in your work life that can only be explained as God? Was it yesterday? Was it just last week? A month ago? A year ago? The answer to this question may mean several things. If it has been some time since you saw God’s activity in such a way that you know it was His hand, you may not be trusting to a level that requires faith. You may not be risking enough for God to show Himself. The converts in the early Church changed the world they lived in because of what they saw and heard. It was the power of the gospel that changed lives, not what they learned from mere teaching. This power drew people to Christ. Things happened that could not be explained as anything other than the activity of God. Is that the kind of faith you are experiencing in your life? Many of us live a wholesome, moral life, but those we associate with do not see this activity as anything that cannot also be achieved by themselves. That is why many are not drawn to our lives. God’s power is not evident. The Lord has been challenging me to trust Him at levels I have never trusted before. This level of trust has placed me in a vulnerable position. However, the blessing of this relationship is that I see the activity of God as never before, and those close to me see it as well. It builds their faith and draws others to investigate.
Sometimes the activity of God comes in unusual ways. God often sets up scenes that appear to be negative on the front end, but God has orchestrated these events for His glory.
-Without Pharaoh’s pursuit of Israel at the Red Sea, there is no miraculous deliverance.
-Without Lazarus’s death, there is no rising to life.
-Without Goliath, there is no underdog story.
-Without Peter stepping out of the boat, there is no miracle on the water.
-Without Judas’ betrayal, there is no resurrection.
God wants to show Himself in ways you and I cannot imagine. Let God demonstrate His power in your workplace today. Then, you will see “all men drawn unto Me.”