Bible Bite: Seeing God's Fingerprints
Last week, I wrote about how God is still active, even though He might be silent. Just because life doesn’t go as we planned, He is still working—orchestrating, maturing, preparing—and even blessing.
Take a look at Exodus 1. Did you notice that in the midst of the slavery, the oppression, and the hardship, God was still working for His people? (emphasis mine)
“But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.” (v. 7)
“But the more they were oppressed (!!), the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad.” (v. 12)
“So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong.” (v. 20)
This—in the midst of harsh labor, threats, and infanticide.
We like the flashy show of miracles, the near-death deliveries. Those make for great Hollywood movies. This is how we want God to show His love.
We often fail to see the silent, subtle, and secretive blessings of God—especially when the hardships of life are screaming at us.
As I thought about this, I was challenged to go back and look at my own life.
In the midst of my hardest moments, where was He? Could I also find these subtle hints of His goodness?
Not surprisingly, YES.
The most common way He blessed me is in the form of people. Friends who prayed for me, sustained me, and walked with me. Friends who listened and bore my burdens. Friends who challenged me and refined me when I was tempted to indulge in self-pity.
This then has led to deeper formation of character in my own soul. How prideful I am! My hardships brought out in me the real junk that was so carefully hidden in my own heart—the secret thoughts that I concealed before others.
As these surfaced, unpleasant and shameful though they may be, it was also the place where I began to understand what grace means, what it means to be chosen—not because of my greatness but despite my smallness.
This has then led to the greatest blessing of all—knowing Christ and his sufferings in a far deeper way than I have ever known before. It is through my despair that I experienced the sweetness of my Savior.
And when that seeps into my soul, it begins to naturally overflow. I don’t have to paste on a smile and grit my teeth.
Remember how God grows and multiplies? When we cry out to Him, remembering that He remembers us, and lean on Him in trust, the seed of faith is planted deep, where it will grow strong.
In that day, we will become as a tree firmly rooted (Ps. 1:3). As we abide, we will bear rich fruit that lasts (John 15:16).
Is God silent right now? Take a moment and look back.
My guess is You will see Him there.