GOD AT WORK
Philippians 2:13 "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
All our accomplishments have only been realized because of the enabling power of God. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. It is important that we come to the realization that we are in partnership with God, who is constantly at work to bring us to the point of wholeness and completeness in Him.
It is against this backdrop, that we can confidently undertake our tasks; and that we can assuredly face the challenges of each day.
Our verse of focus serves as a reminder that the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent God is intimately involved in our affairs. He has a unique plan for each of us. We may not fully comprehend how the plan is unfolding, or when it will be revealed, but each day brings us closer to the fulfillment of the plan.
Our indifference; our lack of concern; or even our limited knowledge cannot frustrate, foil or faze God's plan.
In the Bible, we read of the prophet, Jonah, who was given a particular mission to preach to Nineveh. He decided that he would disobey God by going in the opposite direction so that the missionary assignment would be thwarted. In his frailty and limited knowledge, Jonah failed to realize that God had commissioned him and that God would ensure the success of the mission, which He did. God provided a great fish to safely transport Jonah from his self-designed destination to the God-appointed one, which was the city of Nineveh. It was God's will and good pleasure for Jonah to have preached to Nineveh. God’s interest in us has not waned. He is still working in us and with us to will and to do His good pleasure, which is, that we live prosperous lives.
Psalms 84:11 provides admonition for us. It states, "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." Clinging to our self-designed plans is self-destructive. On the other hand, following God's divine plan leads to satisfaction, success, and soundness of mind. The Holy Spirit will readily come to our aid to enable us to embrace and follow God's plan for our lives. May we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us now and always.