Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

11/28/2018

Randall Caselman

 

Sensing God At Work

 

  Most of us are familiar with what Mary Stevenson wrote: “One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

 

  “This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?

 

  “The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

 

  Dream or not, we need a faith that believes God is walking with us, working in our life, in both good times and bad:

 

• Like David, we need a faith that sees God as our Shepherd.

 

• Like Jesus, we need a faith that knows God as our Father.

 

• Like Joseph, a faith that can say: "You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good."

 

• Like Paul, a faith that can rest in the fact that in all things God works for our good, our benefit, our betterment.

 

• Like James, we need a faith that can say: "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials."

 

• Like Peter, a faith that can be assured "His divine power gives us everything we need for life and godliness..."

 

  Let's challenge one another to take a moment, recall how that God was present each step of the way, especially during the tough times. Indeed it is difficult to see Him at work in the midst of our trials, pain, and suffering, but in the long-term, we sense His hand at work.

 

  Does Scripture support His walking, working, presence?

 

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, for ever and ever! Amen" (Ephesians 3.20-21).

 

"May the God of peace... equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (Hebrews 13.20-21).

 

"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1.6).

 

" For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose" (Philippians 2.13).

 

"Let not your heart be troubled." When we can't see His footsteps, know that He is carrying us, working all things to our benefit

 

—Randall Caselman