“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” Phil. 2:13
Paul understands and states an important principle here, that God must do His work in our lives before He can work through us, and that this is not often a quick process. For example, God was at work in Joseph’s life during the years in which he was in prison (through no fault of his own) before He raised Joseph up to a position of leadership as the second most powerful person in Egypt.
In a like manner, God was at work in the life of Moses during the forty years he was tending sheep on the backside of a mountain before Moses was ready to lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt and through the Red Sea.
God often uses the quiet times in our lives, times when we may be set aside, to prepare us for what He has ahead. We often need to wait quietly before the Lord and be patient for His timing so that He can prepare us for what is ahead.
As we celebrate the past sixty years as a community of believers at Cedar Hills, we prayerfully look forward to what God wants to do in us and through us in the years ahead.
Gracious Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your presence and work in my life even when I am not aware of it. Help me to trust You in all of life’s experiences and to understand that all things work together for the good of those who love You according to Your purposes. I want to submit myself to You so that You can work in and through me today. In Jesus name, Amen.