Sometimes in our spiritual life we get confused about the work of God as it compares to our work. Sometimes we see the work that God has called us to do as something we want God to do.
But there are things in your life that God isn’t going to do for you. He wants you to do them. In Exodus 32:7 God tells Moses, “Go take care of your people whom you brought out of Egypt.” God had something for Moses to do.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are many blessings you receive that God takes care of without your help. Forgiveness. Salvation. Your heart beats. The sun rises and rain replenishes. Your body heals.
Yet God often calls you to tasks that belong to you. And what he calls you to do is for you to do. You might find yourself waiting in life, wishing God would answer your prayer, but all the while he is waiting for you.
Maybe you need more patience, a better job, a restored relationship, for your church to complete a delayed building project, and it feels like you’re waiting for God but he’s waiting for you. He’s calling you to be patient, calling you to reconcile, calling a church to give and pray and work and plan and persevere.
Stop waiting for God to do what he has called you to do.
But here is a final note of grace. Even when you are doing your work, God is at work in you, and through you (Philippians 2:13). It’s your responsibility, but God is never absent.
My dad loaned me his shiny, blue Oldsmobile when I was in high school to take out my girlfriend (now my wife) on our first date. It was my job to put gas in it, clean it, and treat it well. But it wasn’t my car, I didn’t provide for the insurance or make car payments.
So even when you’re at work doing what is yours to do, God’s blessings are in it and on it.
PRAYER: Thank you, God, for valuing my contributions to this world, for providing what I could never accomplish on my own, and for calling me to work but never leaving me alone! Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Which words refer to the work that God alone does, without your help? What is promised? Which words refer to the work that you do with God’s help? To what are you called? Meditate on the important difference between the two, and say a prayer for God to help you better understand and practice it.