"for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure."
Philippians 2:13 ESV
There has been significant road construction around Easton for over a year now. New traffic lights installed, roads have been dug up, paved, torn up again, and repaved, new sewer lines installed, utility hole covers raised -- in short, it’s been a mess. A familiar scene throughout the project is the signs that say, “Caution! Men at Work.”
The scripture today is about how God works in our lives. If you are like me, most of my life has been searching to understand what that means. What does God desire for me, and what would he have me do? Not just the comprehension of what he wants, but what actions does he wish me to take. We have all experienced the soul searching and discernment in this process.
Sometimes, amid our earnest searching, hearing God's voice in the distractions’ noise may be difficult. We have the assurance that God had, has, and continues to have a purpose for us. He has graced each of us with unique gifts and talents to use for his good pleasure, and he creates within us the innate desire and needs to use those gifts. God has incredible plans for each of us. He recognizes within us the abilities of our full potential, the end state of what we can become. But to do this means quieting ourselves and listening to God's voice, accepting with joy his purpose for our lives, and working with enthusiasm to further his kingdom.
As the road construction in Easton nears completion, it becomes apparent there was a plan after all. While disruptive and seemingly disjointed, a project plan followed, and events happened when scheduled. Like the road project, there will be disruptions, questions, and trials in our spiritual lives, but remain strong and keep the faith. Caution! God at Work.
Lord, we thank you for the purpose you give to our lives. Throughout our lives, pilgrimage, we question our purpose. We come to you today, asking for reaffirmation of what it is you would have us do, what gives you good pleasure in us. Help us to recognize your desires for us, and give us the strength to fulfill that purpose to glorify you. In the name of your precious Son Jesus, we pray. Amen.