23rd March 2012

God Works

“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”
John 5:17 NIV UK

Does God stop working on our behalf?

The answer is no, he does not. God is always seeking to help us in whatever situation we find ourselves. That is the implication of the scripture above.  The Jews had been upset with Jesus for many reasons. They were especially annoyed with him that he practiced his ministry on the Sabbath. “So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him” (5:16).

Jewish teachers would have said that God rested from his work after creation, and that the Sabbath was a celebration of that rest. They tended to see scripture only in literal terms, and this limited their view of God. Jesus challenged their perceptions and thus their authority. The Jews did not know that “the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” who “will not grow tired and weary, and his understanding no-one can fathom” (Isaiah 40:28). This same God, says Jesus, continues to work to this day. As does his Son, Jesus Himself.

Jesus’ response would only have made things worse for him. In fact “for this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was also calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God” (John 5:18).

Let’s be thankful that the Father, Son and Spirit work ceaselessly to restore us and to encourage us.

Father, thank you that you do not grow tired and weary as we do, and that you continue your great work in the world and within us. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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