Some people have a deep understanding of what God has done in their life. Maybe they have felt God has given them all they could possibly want, and more. Or, maybe they’ve experienced God answering their prayers very directly. Still others can point to miracles, medical or otherwise, to show how God has worked in their life.
Most people, however, can’t point to specific situations when God stepped in and worked in their own life. But that doesn’t mean God hasn’t been doing so behind the scenes. Sometimes we need to take a step back and look at the big picture of our lives in order to see God’s hand in it. Rest assured, God is in control, and He has guided your entire life so far, from the little everyday tasks to the life-changing events. Take a moment to reflect on your life, the different paths it has led you down, and try to see how God was with you the whole way.
God Works through Others
Sometimes we don’t give enough credit to God, who uses other people in our lives to accomplish His will. He often uses family and friends to guide us, strengthen us, and encourage us. If you’ve had a family member or friend offer to help you out financially when you really needed it, taken care of you when you needed it, or given you food or clothing when you needed it, God was using that person to reach you.
Furthermore, God uses others as voices of reason for us, even when we are too wasted on drugs or alcohol to make the right choices ourselves. If anyone has encouraged you to get clean, to seek treatment, or to turn your life around, you can be sure God had a part in that conversation and He is working through others in your life. Listen to those people and get professional help if you need it.
God Works through the Church
We can’t begin to understand the mind of God, but we can learn a lot about Him through His word. God uses His word, and those who share it with others, to work in your life. The church is there to provide access to God’s word and help you understand it, but also to give godly guidance and advice. Listen to the solid advice you get from fellow Christians and spiritual leaders. They are the voice of God speaking to you. In order to see God continuing to work in your life, go to church, study the Bible, and pray, and actively look for what God is saying to you, how He wants you to turn your life around, and how He promises to guide you the whole way.
God is with You during Challenges
No one likes to face challenges, but God uses even the tough times to work in our lives. The poem, Footprints in the Sand, is a picturesque example of this. In the story, a man is walking along the beach with the Lord, as scenes from his life flash by him, both good and bad times. At the end of his life, as the man looked back, he saw footprints in the sand along the path he walked. He saw that most of the time, there were two sets of footprints: one belonged to him and the other belonged to God. But he also noticed that at the darkest times of his life, the most challenging times, there was only one set of footprints. The man was troubled and asked God why, when he was going through the biggest struggles, God left him. God answered, “My son, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
We don’t often see it, but God does indeed work in our lives through trouble and hardship. Sometimes He uses these times to help us grow or to benefit those around us. He might use challenges to stop us from doing something harmful or to motivate us to do what is right. Sometimes He just allows trouble to enter our lives to bring us closer to Him. Remember this the next time you are facing a difficult day; God is with you and will see you through.
God works through You
Finally, God works in your life through the things you say and do. Part of being a Christian is sharing God’s love with others. If you have known God’s love and guidance through your life, you need to share that with others. If you have a loved one who is experiencing some difficulty or has made some bad decisions, talk to them and offer your godly advice. If you see someone in need and you can help, do something about it. Be that source of encouragement and love that the world so desperately needs. Know that as you work to put God first and live a sober life of renewal, God is using you to work in others’ lives as well.