May 13, 2023

Still At Work

Written by Tripp Prince

His faithfulness in the past reaches you in this very moment.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 13, 2023

But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” John 5:17, NLT

The Christian faith is an ancient faith. It is rooted in centuries of faithful witness, led by men and women who modeled their own lives after the self-giving love of Jesus Christ. And beyond this, our faith is built upon God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel, his chosen people who received his blessings in order to bless the entire world (Genesis 12:2). As such, we often find ourselves looking back, exploring God’s promises of old and seeking to preserve and honor them as our own family stories.

Because of this, we can, at times, focus so much on the past that we lose sight of our future hope and the way in which God is at work in this very moment to fill us with the gift of his presence, right here and right now. 

As Jesus reminds us in John 5, there is never a moment when he and his Father are not at work. God does not rest or grow weary (Isaiah 40:28). He never needs a break from caring for you or loving you with his perfect love. It is in his very nature to work all things for your good (Romans 8:28), and his faithfulness in the past reaches you in this very moment.

Can you cultivate a greater attentiveness to his work? If we believe Jesus’ words are true, we must believe he is always at work. If we fail to see it or struggle to discern his guiding hand, we must not place the fault on him or his perceived absence, but should instead assume it is our own distracted hearts and scattered minds that are to blame. 

We must also remember, difficult though it may be, that just because he is always at work doesn’t mean he’s always at work according to our wills or wishes! As St. Paul reminds us, who can know the mind of God? (1 Corinthians 2:11). His goodness is beyond compare, yet he works his goodness toward us and creation in ways that can, in the moment, confuse us or even cause great anger and dismay! In such times, cling ever afresh to the promise of our Lord Jesus, who is present in the storm and leading us toward a great and glorious future.


Father, thank you that you are always working for our good. In good times and bad you are with us and leading us into places of peace, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Reflect upon the ways that God is at work in your life in this present season.

Related Reading

Psalm 77:14; Lamentations 3:22-23; Philippians 1:6

Worship Resource

Lauren Daigle: Trust in You


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