September 17, 2019
“In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the children of God coming into their own.” (Romans 8:18-19)
As you know the view from the finish line has me fixating on the Providence of God, which like a Hebrew word can easily be read backwards. It is easy for me to see what I considered random chaos was really the loving hand of God leading me by making me offers I could not refuse.
When events roll out over which you have no control, you will see how the hand of God is showing you what to do.
A friend put this new needlepoint on his wall: “Never do what somebody else can do when you could be doing what only you can do.” All our lives God has been shaping us in miraculous ways to make a unique contribution to God’s work.
Praying about next steps, reflect on this thought: “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God before ordained that we should do for Him.” (Ephesians 2:10)
This means we are all works in progress.
Over our lives you can write: “Caution, God at work!” God wants to point to you and say, “She is my workmanship!” There is verse in Romans 8 which tells us that all nature is on tiptoe in awe of the children of God coming into their full potential.
The issue now is what is God doing in your present circumstances to point you to what God wants to do next in your life?
Dick Woodward, (email 20 July 2005)
October 31, 2014
“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Hebrews 6:10)
The devotional and practical application of this Scripture shows us that these thoughts are directed to people who have labored long and hard in the ministry without much visible affirmation, encouragement or reward. These words are instructing them to think about the One for Whom they were doing this ministry to God’s people.
Abraham heard three words from God which are recorded in Genesis 17:1. “Walk before Me.” These three words remind us that we need to know Who we’re doing it for and we need to know how He feels about everything we do in the way of ministry to His people. When there is not much fruit and very few encouraging accolades, it can be a great consolation for faithful servants of the Lord to be reminded of the glorious reality that God has seen and He will never forget our faithful labors.
The story is told of two elderly missionaries who returned to New York after nearly half a century serving in Africa. They had lost their wives in Africa and were very, very lonely in that large city. Sharing their discouragement when they met at the YMCA where they were staying, one of them said to the other, “We are not home yet, George.”
Sometimes the recognition and the reward for faithful service may only come when these words are heard: “Well done good and faithful servant.”
If you are a faithful servant without much affirmation or encouragement let these words console you today.
Dick Woodward, 04 June 2010