Electricity powers many things. It comes into our homes quietly and is always there when we need it (except, of course, during a power outage!). We can’t see it or feel it, but we know it’s working, even if we don’t turn on the lights in our homes. We know that all it takes is the flip of a switch and the lights are on. That’s a comforting thought. Just like the electricity in our homes, God is always working in our lives. We may not see Him working and we may not feel Him working, but He is always there at work in our lives, day in and day out. And, unlike electricity, God is not limited by power outages. And yet, sometimes we have more confidence in the electricity working in our homes than we have in God working in our lives.
When we are going through difficult times, He is working. When we are waiting for something to happen in our lives, He is working. When we are experiencing doubts that are threatening our faith, He is working. God was working in our lives before these times began, He is working through those times, and He will continue to work in our lives even when those times have passed.
When the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt, even when the Israelites did not see it or feel it, God was at work. He was setting the stage for a deliverer named Moses to be born. And when Moses became a man, God was busy preparing Moses, molding him into the leader that was needed to lead the Israelites out of their bondage. The Israelites may have felt that God had forgotten them, that He was not doing anything to answer their cries for help. But, as God commissioned Moses to do the work that He had prepared for him to do, God told Moses that He was fully aware of the sufferings of the Israelites (Exodus 3:7). God had heard their cries and seen their afflictions, and He was busy putting into place the plan for freeing them from their captors. God was at work.
Scripture assures us that God has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). It is a plan for good and not for disaster. It is a plan that is designed to give us a future and a hope. We need to remember that promise at times when we doubt that God is working in our lives. In fact, it pleases Him to be at work in our lives (Philippians 2:13). In John 5:17, Jesus tells us that God is always working, and so is He. Jesus is the way and the truth and the life, and, if Jesus tells us that God is always working, that is something we can be confident of. At those times when we can’t see it or feel it, we need to be patient and believe that God is at work!