Considering The Wonderful Works of God

One thing that never ceases to amaze me about the Lord is the diverse methods He uses to accomplish His perfect will and plan. My heart resonates with the Psalmist who writes in Psalm 139:14, “Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” Indeed, my soul knows it. I know that His works are wonderful, because I read of them on the pages of scripture. I know that His works are wonderful, because I experience them in my own life.

 

There are times in the gospel story where God worked in gloriously magnificent and public ways. Like in the book of Exodus, God humbled the Pharaoh with severe plagues. He led the Israelites in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, both of which could be seen from miles around. He fed them with manna and quail from heaven. He made clean water come out of rocks. He met with Moses under the backdrop of something much like a volcano.

 

There are also times when He worked in subtle ways to accomplish mighty feats. In the book of Esther, His name was never mentioned, yet His presence in the situations cannot be missed by the modern day reader. He raised up the mighty kingdom of Persia, and He also brought down that mighty kingdom. He built up, and He divided. A popular queen was deposed, and God’s queen was propped up. A plot to kill the king was uncovered. A plot to slaughter the people of God was exposed and the perpetrator was adjudicated. God’s people prospered. What is most amazing of all is that nobody even knew all this was happening until it was done.

 

I am reminded how God has worked in my own life.  There have been times when God has showed up out of nowhere to comfort, heal, and vindicate me. I am reminded of my conversion when God met with me in a real and public way. I am reminded of when he called me to preach. I have never been so sure that God was speaking to me than the very first time I stepped up to the pulpit to preach. In the flash of a moment, I knew the purpose for which I had been placed on this earth.

 

I am reminded of other times when God worked in subtle but powerful ways. Looking back, there were times that I know He was working in my circumstances even though I was completely oblivious at the time. I have doubted God many times. In many circumstances have I wondered if God was dead. Daily, He has proven His great faithfulness to me. Like Elijah in 1 Kings 19:12, He has raised me up on eagle’s wings with a familiar but still small voice. My heart resonates with David in Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul.”

 

It is wonderful that God can even work at all. Two thousand years ago He took on flesh. He made himself like one of us, and He died. You and I should be lost and without hope. Our human situation would be without hope if not for one detail — The tomb that was borrowed from Joseph of Arimathea is empty. Jesus is alive, and He reigns!

 

This means that we can trust that Jesus is present and at work in all of our circumstances. When our politicians cannot agree and the government shuts down, Jesus is still on the throne. No matter what happens this week in the nation’s economy or your own household’s economy, Jesus will still be on the throne. If you lose your job, your spouse, or your child, Jesus will still be on the throne. He will be there working in awesome and public ways; He will be there working in quiet but still mighty ways all to one ultimate end: that He might glorify Himself in you.

 

Be reminded today of the wonderful works of the Lord. Consider the times God has worked powerfully and publicly in your life. Consider how He works in everyday ways to quietly and tenderly to accomplish His will for your life. Can you say with the Psalmist, “Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it well?