I wonder how many times God has intervened in my life without me realising it.
I am sure I live unaware of God’s provision, protection and help in my life.
Just as God asks us to do acts of kindness without the big fanfare of public recognition, God is always doing things on our behalf that He doesn’t let us in on. His kindness is at work constantly.
I think of the bible passage in Acts 9:1-5 which speaks about Paul on his way to arrest and execute Christians. The Bible says in verse 3, “As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.”
While Paul was on his way to harm these people, he is instead arrested by Christ’s love and his life is changed.
My thoughts are towards the ones who didn’t know the danger they were in as Paul was on his way, and “near to them” to destroy them. Because God intervened, they were saved from harm.
I also think of the Israelite people who suffered persecution from the Egyptians, described in the book of Exodus.
Even while they were suffering and praying for deliverance, God was working and preparing Moses as a child to be the answer to their prayers and they didn’t even know God was already at work.
I think of my life, still walking around with MND more than a year after doctors said I shouldn’t be able to. I think of the time in Zanzibar that my limbs cramped and my friend swam out to rescue me from drowning. I think of the time in Auckland when I came off my scooter, breaking my scapula and narrowly missing being run over by a truck– and I’m sure you have similar stories.
Maybe that’s why pride is so dangerous: it ignores the fact that God is working behind the scenes. It fails to give him credit for the less visible signs of His grace and goodness. It takes the wins on its own merit.
Even though I am proud of what I can see tangibly around me, I am convinced that I am also unaware of the extent of God’s grace that has helped me and caused me to succeed.
I may never know the number of times God has intervened and rescued me.
So once you are finished thanking God for those things in your life that you can see, remember to thank him for the things that you can’t. Be thankful for the unseen hand of God’s presence always making a way.
Never give up on trusting God to come through for you even when it seems too late. Trust His timing in all things. While there is hope, there is life. God is always working on your behalf for your good.
June 27, 2014 at 6:28 am
Such a great reminder, Phil! God has clearly intervened on my behalf many times, but I’ve always felt that there were many times He stepped in behind the scenes.
June 29, 2014 at 6:58 am
So true Bill. A quiet confidence in an invisible God doing unseen things which are acts of love and grace behind the scene. By the way Bill i have started nightly BiPap which I’m sure your familiar with. Stay in His strength my friend.
June 27, 2014 at 6:49 am
Thank you Lord for changing my life through Phil Camden.
I am amazed when I look back and acknowledge the times God “lifted me up with his right hand” to keep me from serious harm and addiction, from this I have strong hope each day God is doing something good for me, through me and in the places I go.
Christ doesn’t live in/with us but we live in/with him…..
when we acknowledge him!
June 29, 2014 at 6:54 am
Thanks Ben. God is so so good and we couldn’t do what we do without His grace and strength each day. See you in church bro!
June 27, 2014 at 7:45 am
Amen to that Phil! Thank you for your encouraging and uplifting message, bless you bro!
June 29, 2014 at 6:51 am
Thanks Hazel and blessings to you.
June 27, 2014 at 8:20 am
THIS is th emost stunning post Phil – exlpain Jehovah Rapha – so perfectly. your thankful and gracious spirit is so incredibly inspiring to me .. and you are truly a person who has gold through and through… adversity reveals .. and you reveal beauty. thankyou. (And Lenore .. well, we know that you are Phils secret weapon! ..)
June 29, 2014 at 6:50 am
Thanks Donna for following, reading and for your encouragement and kind words. Looking forward to Hillsong Conference, “No Other Name”. See you soon.
June 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Thanks again Phil for putting into words some great God inspired revelations.
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June 29, 2014 at 9:11 am
So glad to have Fridays with Phil back again. I was so inspired when I read of your courageous walk to see the Madonna and child in Bruge, because your every step you take at the moment counts, and defines how you are going to live out your life, and you didn’t give up. You are always an inspiration. You have shown such courage in the face of your adversity, and have shown us how to love and live life large and trust in the character of God even when life throws you an unexpected curve ball. So thank you, Phil. You and Lenore are always in our hearts and prayers and we love you both
July 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm
Thanks Bruce for your encouragement. Love to family.