Work and the voice of God


“Team work makes the dream work”

I have been noticing something recently in my reading of the Bible. I have been looking for the context in the passages where God speaks clearly to people. Some of the events fit my preconception: God meets people in solitude.
➢ Zechariah hearing from God about the birth of John the Baptist while alone in the presence of God (Luke 1:5-22).
➢ Elijah hearing from God in that “still, small voice” while alone on the mountain of God (1 Kings 19:11-13)
➢ Samuel hearing the voice of God calling him in the night (1 Samuel 3:1-13)
➢ Isaac in the field meditating when God brings his wife Rebekah to him (Genesis24:62-65)
Sometimes I want to simply sit in solitude to “hear from God”. And that is good.
Yet there are other texts.
➢ Moses was working, tending sheep, when he heard God call him by name. (Exodus 3:1-10)
➢ Peter and Andrew and James and John were actively working as fishermen when Jesus called them (Matthew 4:17-22)
➢ Paul was working as a zealous Pharisee when Jesus spoke to him by name on the Damascus road (Acts 9:1-9)
➢ Paul’s missionary team was actively working at their appointed task when God redirected their steps to the West, towards Europe (Acts 16:6-10)
It seems clear that God also speaks plainly to his people when they are actively working, not simply sitting in solitude. And that is also good.
What is not good? For Adam to be alone. Isn’t it interesting that in the perfection of His creative work, God saw one thing that was not good: a man working the garden alone. (Genesis 2:18)

Is this why the church, the pillar and foundation of the truth, the means of the revelation of the manifold wisdom of God, (1 Timothy 3:15 and Ephesians 3:10) grows as EACH PART does its WORK (Ephesians 4:11-16)?

What is the dream we are working toward? More disciples among more populations in amore caring and just world… Team work makes the dream work.

Gary Walter, our denomination’s president said “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I wonder, what is our part in the work? Because isn’t it possible that our desire to hear the voice of God will best be realized by our active engagement in the work? Is it possible that it is in working that we will be surprised by the voice of God?

Isn’t it interesting that our desire to hear from God and our desire to do something significant with our lives might find intersection in the work of the church, the pillar and foundation of the truth, the church that is the means for revealing the very wisdom of God to this broken world and even to the unseen world around us?

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