“For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!” Isaiah 64:4 NLT
Years ago Gina and I were involved with a group of friends who did ministry in our home church, as well as street and prison ministry. We were invited to sing in various churches and share the good news of how God was changing lives. I worked shifts at the time so I was not always able to be with them. Humorously, with the Australian rock band, “Men At Work,” in mind, they started calling our singing group, “Dan’s At Work.” Thankfully, that name did not stick, but it gave rise to our group being called, “God’s At Work.”
God at work on our behalf is not to be taken in any demeaning way, as if God needed a job. I, or any of us, could never have done the real work of changing lives apart from him. We are weak, he is ever strong. Apart from his wisdom, we are fools. We are insufficient, he is All-sufficient. In this, our God rightly gets the greater glory. “Whoever serves, let him serve by the strength God supplies, so that in everything God may be glorified.” 1 Peter 4:11
Our primary job is to ensure that our hearts and hands are pure and clean in the work (Psalm 24:3-5). We do not want to be among those who kiss the face of God while trying to pick his pocket in order to build our own kingdom. For, as Solomon wisely warned, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1
Let’s ever joyously ‘wait for him’, trusting that he is at work for us (Isaiah 64:4). Our resting in this truth will not make us idle, for in our work, through God’s strength and for his glory alone, we “will soar high on wings like eagles. …run and not grow weary” (Isaiah 40:31).
Thanks for meandering along with me,