In a sermon that I heard recently the preacher talked about serving the Lord. He talked about people who knew God and knew His works, people who knew God but only knew about His works, and those who didn’t know God or His works. Those from the first group will be able to serve God the best.
The idea of knowing God’s works caught my attention. It is easy to know about God’s works. When you read the Bible, you read about many wonderful things that God did. If you read missionary biographies or even talk to other Christians, you will hear about the works of God. But how can a person know these works personally? You can’t go to God and ask Him to do something for you, like a circus monkey. He isn’t a magician who works by abracadabra. So how can you know the works of God?
The first step is to know God. It is easy to know Him personally. He can be your own personal Saviour if you are willing to believe that He sent His Son to die on the cross for your sins. If you are willing to accept that Jesus’ death is all that is needed to pay for your sins and that His resurrection from the dead proves that He has power to forgive sins, you can know God.
But how to know His works? He is working all of the time. He started in the beginning and hasn’t stopped yet. I believe that we don’t know God’s works because we are not looking for them. We tend to be very self-centered. To know God’s works start by reading the Bible and getting to know God better. Then see how He answers your prayers – a work of God. Notice the incredible intricacy of a flower and how it produces fruit. Pay attention to how God meets your needs. Marvel at the peace He gives that truly “passes all understanding.” When you spend less time looking at yourself and feeling sorry for yourself and worrying about how things will work out, you will be able to see God’s works for yourself. Then you will know the works of God personally. That is a blessing that is beyond comparison.
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.