God at Work

The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:6-7 (NLT)

Recently I found myself facing a serious trial. Maybe you’ve been in a situation similar to mine. I began to pray and ask for God’s help. I continually told God, “I trust You.”

But as the days passed, I felt like I should be doing something. Something more than praying. Something more than trusting. I felt as though the peace I was experiencing was illogical. I should have been filled with despair and worry — but I knew deep down in my heart that God was at work. Most importantly, I knew he could be trusted to accomplish his will — while at the same time meeting my need.

Have you experienced irrational peace? Maybe you, like me, were facing a trial by fire. But you knew that God was at work in the situation, and that took away your worries.

Of course, God is always at work around us. But when we’re experiencing acute pain or a struggle bigger than ourselves, God’s work becomes more noticeable.

Why does God sometimes wait until we’re out of earthly options to step in and bring relief? I wonder if he wants us to get to the point where we call on him and realize that He alone is the one who has the power to change our circumstances.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2,3 (NLT)

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4 comments

  • Leslie

    Thanks Doug! Love this and so true.

  • Chris

    As I go deeper with God, I find the trials to be more intense and challenge my concept of reality and my trust in Papa Almighty. It is like I am a kid again taking swimming lessons with my Dad and he is smiling with his calm voice as he gradually takes me into the deep end of the pool. But sometimes, it feels like pitch black midnight and I am thrashing about and treading water and panting like a drowning man. And then God says time to breathe underwater. I am with you. I am not going anywhere. “I need Thee, o I need Thee, every hour I need Thee 🎶

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