God’s Work

The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. ESV Exodus 32:16

Since I’m a pastor, people often assume my work is unique from theirs. They assume I somehow get to engage in spiritual activities all day. On one level, this is true, large portions of my vocation involves studying Scripture and extended prayer. However, on another level, much of what I do is basic administration, attend and lead meetings, budget review, conflict resolution and project management (all with volunteers meaning relationships are the only leverage I have to accomplish anything). The more I think about it though, the more I realize God’s work is actually more in line with what many people do in their daily lives. Hence, I thought a review of God’s work today would be encouraging to you.

God is a stone-cutter and engraver. He wrote the ten commandments Himself on two tablets of stone. God is an artist and creator. He designed and built the world in six days. He is a deliverer, parting the Red Sea to allow the Israelite people through only to bring the water crashing back down on the Egyptians. God is a covenant maker, making covenants with His people and fulfilling His part regardless. God is a judge, working justice for His people and the oppressed. In the Psalms, God is a demolition expert, tearing down the works of the wicked. God is a planner, making some things straight, and designing others crooked. He raises and lowers kings, so I suppose He is involved in politics. He studies the affairs of men, making Him an analyst. He rules over all as king. He employees us as His servants. He gathers His people under His wings, as a mother gathers her children. Yes, truly God’s work is varied, reflecting His awesome character.

As you prepare to go to work today, may you be encouraged that your work reflects the character of God probably more than my work does. All work is spiritual, because all work has been ordained by God. Work your best to bring glory to God and enjoy the vocation to which He has called you.

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