Thought for the day

God is working his purpose out….

I was reminded of this old hymn last week…
God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year:
God is working his purpose out, and the time is drawing near;
nearer and nearer draws the time the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea

All that we do can have no worth, unless God bless the deed;
vainly we hope for the harvest-tide, till God gives life to the seed;
yet nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

We haven’t sung it at church (before lockdown that is!) for a long time. 

It was evidently written by Arthur Ainger in 1894 and is based on Habakkuk 2 v 14 

 ‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.’

The hymn refers to God always being at work to realise his will for the world and humanity. It also refers to Philippians 2 v 12-13 in that God works in humanity to act according to his purpose. 

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.’

God is at work in us. God is always at work in us. How amazing is that! 

God’s work for us began when Christ died on the cross in our place. His work within us began when we first believed – and the good news is that he will continue it throughout our lifetime.

As Paul says to the Philippians

‘being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to the day of completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ Phil 1 v 6

We may feel sometimes that we’re not making much progress spiritually and that we can’t see or feel God at work in us. We can’t see answers to prayers. When we feel discouraged we must remember God promises never to leave us or forsake us – and to finish the work he began. Even though things may seem very difficult for us to understand now, God is working out his loving purposes in the world.

‘For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ 
Eph 2 v 10

God bless

Lesley

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