What’s God up to?

th-10“Look, you mockers, be amazed and die! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.” (Acts 13:41; Habakkuk 1:5)

This quote is a prophecy first given by the prophet Habakkuk to the nation of Israel, predicting that they were going to be carried off into exile by the Babylonians. It is quoted later by Paul preaching to Jews in the synagogue, announcing the gospel of Jesus Christ had come, and the fact that this good news was now going to be given freely to the Gentiles.

In other words, Paul picked up this prophecy and applied it to his own day. I believe we can apply it to our day as well.

Do you not believe that God is doing something in our own day? Can this not apply to us today — to any day, for that matter? Does God do something only on certain days, or is He always doing something?

God is doing something in our own day. We just started offering prayer for those who request it, and already prayers are being answered. There is a general way in which this is always true, because we know that God is always acting into our world.

God is in your life today. He has things He wants to do. His ability to do them is contingent upon our desire to cooperate with Him. He doesn’t force His way on us; it’s more like a partnership. He wants our participation. It’s not that He can’t work without us — of course He can, He is God — but He chooses to work with us. He desires our participation and our fellowship. We were created for this. So a big part of working with God each day is finding out what He wants to do. Find out what He is doing and get there.

One of the ways we do this is to get really familiar with God’s word. The word of God trains us in better knowing God’s heart. The closer we get to God’s heart, the easier it will be to determine what He wants. God is doing something in your day, today. Don’t you want to find out what it is and be a part of it?

But I believe there is also a specific way in which this is also true that may not necessarily be true every day. Marti and I have spent the last two days seeking to discover what God might be getting ready to do in our day. Forty years ago, we were a part of a fresh movement of the Holy Spirit among young people both inside and outside the church. Is He getting ready to do something like that again on a broad scale? We believe He is, and we are positioning the Catch to be a part of it. When He does, we’ll be ready.

“People get ready, there’s a train a comin’…”

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6 Responses to What’s God up to?

  1. Cynthia Vera says:

    Hi,
    I was a part of what happened when the Holy Spirit found me and led me to the man who introduced me to Jesus and the Bible and then all the love of the Father in heaven. I was 21 and kind of on my own, and all my friends thought I was crazy. I did everything to get them to just listen one time to this Good News! Now as I head towards 67 years and newlywed after many years of being single, I agree … With you both that we will see something as amazing as when we were young and on fire. I move from California two months ago to South Texas… I do not know what the LORD has for me, but I am watching and eager to be a part! Keep teaching the new covenant… Love in Christ, Cynthia

    • jwfisch says:

      How about Caleb, who at his 85th birthday claimed the part of the land of Canaan that belonged to the giants. “As my strength was, so it is now” because his strength was, and is, in the Lord, not himself.

  2. Markus says:

    The name Habakkuk grabs my attention whenever I hear or read it. In the beginning I did not really think a lot about him except for the fact that I liked the idea of a prophet who questioned God only to get an elaborate reply from him. And all of a sudden I stumble over him time and time gain. So yes, his book already holds a lot of significance for me for personal reasons, but it is not just that. It feels like God is about to use the smallest minor prophet from the Bible as a metaphor for a significant change. It is not one of the big names like David, it is somebody who might not be unimportant, but who was never in the spotlight either. Somebody you are not really aware of, but who is not impossible to find either. That is the stuff parables and metaphors are made of. And we all know how much God loves his parables and metaphors.

  3. Robert Smith says:

    The saying goes, “Worry pulls tomorrow’s clouds over today’s sunshine.”
    And it’s true. Worrying about the future steals the joy and blessings that God has given us today. Even worse, in most instances, those clouds of tomorrow are usually completely imaginary and never come to pass. Worrying is useless at best and harmful at worst. But that hasn’t stopped the majority of us from doing it!

    The only way to rid ourselves of worry is to supplant it with a much more powerful force. We need to transform our fears into faith through prayer and by casting all our troubles on the Lord.

    There is a Jewish tale about a merchant named Yankel who used to carry his wares from town to town. One day, as a horse-drawn wagon passed by Yankel, the owner recognized him and offered him a ride. Yankel gratefully accepted the offer, but after a few moments, the wagon owner noticed that Yankel still was carrying his burden on his shoulders.

    “Yankel,” he said, “why don’t you put your bags down?” “Oh, it’s all right,” Yankel replied. “I don’t want to be any trouble.” “Yankel, you fool!” the owner exclaimed. “My horses are pulling the wagon and you and all your things, whether you are carrying them or not. Put them down and stop carrying all this unnecessary weight!”

    We shake our heads at foolish Yankel, who insisted on carrying his burdens unnecessarily, but isn’t there a foolish Yankel inside us all? We bear the burden of worrying about our income, our homes, our children, our plans for the future. But it’s all unnecessary weight because God is the one doing the heavy lifting! The psalmist put it this way, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22).

    Excerpted from:
    http://www.holylandmoments.org/devotionals/cast-off-your-burdens

  4. Hans says:

    Prophetic.

    Of course, dear Cynthia, as you probably know, we do not have to be ‘young’ to be ‘on fire’ for God (Joshua 14:10-11). We do need to (want to) be in tune with Him, hungry and thirsty for Him.

    Then, fire and God’s glory will come down from heaven. (2 Chron 7:1-3)

    Halleluiah!
    H.

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