We are in a season of a new babies at Cross Community Church. Many of our young married couples are happily engaged in what I call “Church-Growth 101,” as we watch our numbers increase through the miracle of life . . . beautiful, newborn babies.
It’s easy to see great events such as the birth of a child as the handiwork of our Holy God. We all marvel at this great miracle. But all too often, we can miss His handiwork in our daily lives. We may sense God’s presence, but we feel like we’re the one fitting all of life’s puzzle pieces together in our own strength and in our own time. Not true!
Consider these words:
Our life contains a thousand springs,
and dies if one be gone;
strange that a harp of a thousand strings
should keep in tune so long!
Did you recognize these words? They are from the pen of the great hymn writer Isaac Watts; the title of this particular composition is “Let Others Boast How Strong They Be.” God has not only uniquely made each and every one of us, but He is busily engaged in keeping us “tuned” as a hymn to His glory. God did not form you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) and then move you off to the periphery of life, merely to watch as a spectator. God is with you every step of the way!
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord established their steps.
Whether in seasons of scarcity or plenty, sickness or health, God is shaping our existence and moving us in the direction of our eternal destiny. In your times of scarcity and sickness, God is giving you lessons to learn and a Lord to lean upon. And in your times of plenty and health, God is giving you opportunities to show what you have learned and how much more He can trust you with.
When was the last time you saw every appointment in life as a divine appointment arranged by God? God has brought you to this very place today. Nothing in your past has been wasted. He has used and continues to use every life experience. Our Almighty Architect takes our good, our bad, and even our ugly, and turns it all into a masterpiece.
We have all had some good, some bad, and some ugly in our past. God doesn’t just use our good—if the truth is told, nothing we ever do is really that good! Everything we do is stained by our sinful hearts. God takes all of experiences and refines them in His fiery furnace, bringing a better version of us out the other side. And what is “a better version of us”? Simply one that is more conformed to the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
With this as God’s primary goal in our lives, there is never a moment that God is not at work refining and remaking us. “From life’s first cry to final breath”—whether the sun is brightly shining or the storm winds are howling—God is at work in your life. From the classroom to the boardroom to the family room, God is calling you further in and further up into your redemption . . . which ultimately leads to a deeper walk with your Redeemer.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!