The Works of God Are Not Always Seen

 
 
“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.  He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ You see the people crowding against you, his disciples answered, and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’  But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.”  Mark 5:30-32
 
It’s not always easy to see what God is doing.
 
Sometimes I can see God at work.  Other times I think I know what God is doing but turns out I am wrong.  Often I don’t have a clue.
 
Either way, He’s still at work.  Jesus clearly said,
“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working (John 5:17).”
 
Jesus was on His way to help a man’s daughter, when a woman in need of healing, reached out and touched His clothes.  Immediately she was freed from her suffering.
         
Jesus wasn’t focused on her.  He was on His way to help another.  Crowds were pressing.  The demands were many.  How could Jesus tell that one person touched Him when everyone was touching Him?  Yet with great sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, Jesus recognized God’s power had gone out from Him.
        
One of the marks of the believer is a desire to be used of God, a desire to one day hear those words, “Well done good and faithful servant.”  We want to manage well all that God has entrusted to us.  He has things prepared in advance for us to do, and we don’t want to miss His divine appointments.
 
God uses prepared hearts for His prepared purposes.
 
Here are some ways you can be prepared for such times as these:
  • Be ready.  Begin each day declaring with the psalmist, “This is the day the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it.”  Prepare your heart each morning to meet the God-ordained challenges and opportunities of the day.
  • Be fluid.  God may have other plans that didn’t come up on your iphone.  You may think you know the reason for your next appointment, but a divine appointment waits instead.  Leave room for God.
  • Be aware.  Remain sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit.  He who has ears to hear let him hear.
  • Be bold.  Don’t miss God’s appointment because you’re not 100% sure if that is what you’re supposed to do.  How often are you 100% sure about anything?  Step out in faith in the name of the Lord and trust Him.
     
    I wonder what God may have in store for you today?

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