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December 2, 1990

The Work of God (Part One)

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Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. PSALM 111:2
We work because God works. Work is a part of His image that is written upon our hearts. But how does God work? What does He do?
As Author and Creator of life, God sets the standard with His work. He does not simply do His work well; His work is the very essence of perfection. His actions define His character, and His character defines His actions. Whatever the Lord does flows from Who He is. His work is memorable, satisfying, powerful, faithful, redeeming, holy, and awesome. He is and always will be infinitely beyond us in all that He does. His least far surpasses the sum total of our best.
The revelation of this should prompt two reactions within the heart of a thinking man: despair, and then fear. If God is so majestic and awesome, so completely set apart from us in His perfection, how can we ever do anything to please Him, to earn His affection, or to get His attention?
Quite simply, we cannot do anything. And yes, this should strike a chord of fear within us. This should get our attention and cause us to look closer at His Word, to understand and know Who He is, to discover what He expects of us and our work here on earth. This fear is, as the psalmist says, “the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10).
Have you ever thought of God as a worker? More specifically, have you ever thought that He could be a role model for you in your professional life and career? We strive to be like Christ in every other way—why shouldn’t we strive to achieve excellence in our work just as He did? We will never achieve perfection—we are incapable of meeting His standard of excellence. But we can do our best.

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