Devotional

“But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” –  John 5:17.

God was working before Christ walked on this earth. He was working while Christ was in the world. And He continues to work through His Spirit today.

We may not be inclined to think of God as always working. When faced with disappointments in life, it can be difficult to believe God works things for your good. But what if God has been at work all along, and you’ve just failed to recognize it? In John 5:17, Jesus reminds us that God has been working and tells us that He is also working on our behalf.

Jesus heals a paralyzed man in John 5:1-14. The man had been there for 38 years without anyone to help him get to the pool to be healed. Jesus broke the status quo by healing the man on a Sabbath day, and this was considered a severe breach of traditions by the Jewish leaders. However, Jesus used the opportunity to remind us that God will never stop working because of man-made traditions.

Jesus will not hesitate to break the norm or the status quo on your behalf because he needs to fulfill his purpose in your life. Therefore, be encouraged by the fundamental truth that your Heavenly Father is at work always. So as you go about your daily activities, think on that truth. Whether challenging and difficult in your work, marriage, business, education, children relationship, career, etc., you know that God is at work. You might be wondering why God seems silent, be still, and be at peace because God has been working until now, and Jesus is working as well. 

So, even though you might not feel or see God working right now in your situation does not mean he is not. He is working on other areas of your life that may not immediately be obvious to you. This is why the Holy Spirit is reminding you today through this word not to give up hope or feel helpless. because “… he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.” (Psalm 121:4)

Instead, he is always at work because he is working all things for our good, no matter how seemingly hopeless or near impossible the situation is or looks. Romans 8:28 (AMP) says “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

John 13:7 says, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. Where have you seen God working in your own life, in the last 1-5 years? Where do you see God at work around you? How does He want you to join Him?