The Only Thing of Value

"The only thing of value you have to share with anyone else is what I have done for you."

See my hand in all that has happened to you. God

Bob The ancient Jews failed to recognize Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah because He was of ordinary appearance and humble origins.

Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary and Joseph's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon? Aren't his sisters with us? And they took offense at Him. (Mark 6:3 NIV)

People still miss God today because, like the ancient Jews, they insist upon looking for Him in the big and showy rather than in the small and ordinary. Do you want to see more of God in your life? Your spiritual life will take on a whole new vibrance once you learn to recognize the PROVIDENCE of God. A miracle is when God chooses to act through extraordinary events or circumstances. Providence is when God chooses to act through ordinary people and circumstances. Either way, God is equally sovereign. There is an entire book of the Bible devoted to providence - Esther. There are no supernatural events in the book of Esther - just an amazing string of coincidences that can only be traced back to the hand of God. Who are we to tell God that He must work through miracles rather than providence?

(Is 45:12 NIV) . . . do you question Me about My children, or give Me orders about the work of My hands?

Providence is when you sing a love song to God under a starry sky. And at the precise end of the last note, a meteor cuts a graceful arc across the heavens. Providence is when you struggle through tangled emotions and fears to make a difficult decision to do what is right. And at the very moment you decide, a bird in a nearby bush begins singing joyfully. Providence is when the engine of your car stalls, and a speeding car runs the red light and passes right by where you should have been. Providence is when you ask if the words forming in your heart are really from God, and a tiny dewdrop in the grass lights up like Christmas.

Even the heathen can recognize a miracle. But only those with eyes of faith can recognize God's providence acting through ordinary people and circumstances. By a ratio of at least a thousand to one, providence seems to be the main way that God chooses to act in the world. Therefore, if you learn to recognize God's providence in your life, God will become much more real to you, and you will find daily cause to praise and thank Him. A wise person once observed, "Coincidence is when God does a miracle and decides to remain anonymous."

Once your eyes are opened to God's providence, you will look back on your life and realize that God was with you every step of the way - long before you ever knew it.

You must look back and see My hand in all that has happened to you.