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“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded.  For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” – Habakkuk 1:5

Do we believe it?  Do we believe that God is actually up to something, that he is actually moving and working?  Do we believe that not only is God concerned with what is happening in the world and in our lives but that he takes an active participation in moving things forward for his end, for his purpose?  Do we believe that God is up to something that is so big, that is so life changing, that is so revolutionary for the world in order to accomplish his purposes that even if he told us we would never believe it?

The good church answer is that God is always in charge, that God is always active.  The good church answer is that you need to trust God, that no matter what happens God is in charge.  The good church answer is to quote Romans 8:28, “all things work together for good for those who love God.”  But do we believe it?  When push comes to shove, when the rubber meets the road, when life becomes real and in the messiness that is living in a fallen world affects our very being and most intimate relationships, do we believe that God is active?

  • When the 32 year old mother of two is diagnosed with terminal cancer and given six months to live. Do we believe God is active?
  • When the 49 year old hourly laborer is let go from the only company he has ever known because of “cutbacks” and finds himself out of work and without the option of an education to get a new start and is trying to determine how to feed his family. Do we believe God is active?
  • When the 67 year old retired couple through no fault of their own losses their entire retirement savings because their IRA was mismanaged. Do we believe God is active?

What do we believe, when life becomes difficult and messy and it takes all of our energy to just place one foot before the other and move on?  Can God really be active in the midst of such pain and agony?

Here are some things God has taught me over the last 6 months that I’d like to share:

  • God did not cause the pain.  Whatever has happened it is not God’s fault.  We live in a fallen world and there are consequences to living in a fallen world that effect every aspect of life.  God never causes the pain, what God does is he crawls up into the very heart of our pain and holds us close and whispers into our ears that we are loved and cherished and valued.
  • Whatever is happening it is bigger than we think.  We live in a culture that is overly focused on the individual.  We have come to believe that everything that happens is always about me personally and what is going on in my life.  But it is so much bigger than just one person and things that happen in life are so much bigger than one individual.  God has a plan for his Kingdom to come in this place and that is so much bigger than what we are personally dealing with at the present moment.
  • God is working, and his plan is beyond our comprehension.  One thing that God has taught me over the last few months is that he can be seen in all things and that he is constantly working.  I have no idea what he is up to, and if he tried to tell us we would probably never believe it.  But I believe that God is working and that whatever it is we will be amazed.  We may never know the minor part we play in his plan, but we can be sure that his plan is to redeem the world, and he will not be stopped.

“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded.  For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” – Habakkuk 1:5