God Is Always Working Behind the Scenes

22 Aug

It’s not often I am encouraged to stop, pause, and consider how God is – and always has been – working in my life behind the scenes. Yet, that is exactly what happened today while Linda and I visited Overflowing Church.

While expounding Genesis 45, one of the many things that Pastor Paul Lee pointed out was the fact that in spite of Israel’s unrepentant sinfulness and ignorance of the coming famine (Gen. 45:6), in His infinite grace, God was orchestrating every last detail in such a way that this undeserving people would be saved (Gen. 45:7).

In the same way, it would have been completely just and right for God to leave us in our trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1) until we came face to face with our “famine”, namely, His wrath.

In other words, as in my case:

  • God didn’t have to allow me to be born into a family whose mother loved Jesus and prayed so fervently that her son would love Him, too.
  • God didn’t have to allow me to go to a church in which the Law of God was so strongly upheld that I became very aware of His holiness and my utter sinfulness.
  • God didn’t have to allow me to become the youth pastor at Grace Fellowship Church where my senior pastor told me that, in order for me to work at the church, I had to go to seminary.
  • God didn’t have to allow me to go to Fuller Seminary.
  • God didn’t have to allow me to take a certain class at Fuller in which I had to Google something about Martin Luther.
  • God didn’t have to allow me to read an excerpt of Jerry Bridge’s book The Great Exchange: My Sin For His Righteousness on GoogleBooks in which he expounded this great teaching from Martin Luther on 2 Corinthians 5:21.
  • God didn’t have to open the eyes of this most burdened sinner to the most glorious good news in the universe.

Again, He would have been perfectly good and just to have me remain an unrepentant sinner and ignorant of the wrath to come. But God, “being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:4-9).

Have you ever considered how much God is – and has always been – working in your life and orchestrating every last seemingly unimportant detail behind the scenes?


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