My Father is Working

March 16, 2021

In 2 Timothy 2:13 the Apostle Paul writes about God saying, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.” We see God’s faithfulness from the beginning of creation. When Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden, their relationship with God changed forever. Adam and Eve both experienced consequences that were personal, immediate (being cast from the garden) and long term (frustrated work and pain in childbearing). Yet despite their changed reality, God did not abandon them. He did not retreat into heaven. He clothed them and stayed involved, albeit in a different manner. We get a glimpse into God’s continuing involvement in the world in John 5:19-21 as Jesus is engages Jewish religious leaders.  John writes:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing.  And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.”

In this short text, Jesus reveals that God has been at work throughout time, bringing about His will on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus, as the Son of God, has unique insight into his Father’s work and he reveals to us what God has been up to. Jesus says he’s unable to do anything on his own, this means that everything Jesus did reflected God’s continuing involvement with humanity. By extension, we see that God was at work teaching about his Kingdom, healing humanity, reconciling people back to Himself and raising people from the dead!

In the wake of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and the sending of the Holy Spirit, believers have a greater capacity to see how God is at work in the world. The problem is, that we can sometimes fall into the trap of looking in the wrong places.

There’s a saying among media professionals which goes, “It’s not our job to tell people what to think; it’s our job to tell people what to think about.” In other words, they influence what we focus on based on what they report. Well, based on media stories over the last few years, we should only be focused on things that are deadly, corrupt, or unjust. In many ways, the media chronicles our sin-wrecked reality. When we consume too much of it, we start to see everything through the veil of fallen-ness. Now, that sin-wrecked reality is real. The fallen-ness we witness is true, but our consistent focus on it saps hope and clouds our understanding because it is not the complete story. God is faithful and we need to remember that God remains at work (and in control) all around us!

I encourage you to balance your diet. Don’t just feed on a steady diet of conflict and challenge. Also approach each day with expectation, like a treasure hunt, where we expect to see the grace of God around the next corner, in your next conversation or written in the beauty of a sun-lit sky. “God is working until now…” He remains at work and if you feel a lack of love, more sadness than joy, or a deficit of peace, then it is probably time to stop feeding yourself a steady media diet of sin and decay and begin looking for the creative, restorative, hope-filled work of God in your day. As you do so, I trust you will discover God’s faithfulness anew and find many reasons to marvel at the work of His hands!

About The Author

Dan Wendell

Dan joined the Cornerstone team in November 2018 as the Pastor of Missions. His focus is on empowering the church family to step beyond the boundaries of CCLB to declare the Good News, so that the Body of Christ might be established where it would not otherwise occur. In addition, Dan provides oversight for Cornerstone’s Care ministries.