The Lord‘s fingerprints can be detected all through history. At times His work is dramatically obvious—like parting the Red Sea—but other times, it’s unnoticeable to our physical senses. Our lack of perception, however, never hinders His activities. He keeps working whether we’re aware or not. But blessings await those who develop spiritual discernment to see what He is doing.
Preconceived ideas about how the Lord works can be a significant hindrance to perception. When He answers our prayers, we rejoice and readily acknowledge His active intervention on our behalf. But what if He doesn’t give us what we request? Too often we then conclude that He’s not doing anything. The psalmist recognized that the Lord works in a variety of ways—sometimes with a great deliverance (vv. 5-6) and sometimes through painful situations (vv. 10-12).
Another problem that can prevent us from seeing God’s hand in our lives is a lack of attention. The demands of a busy lifestyle claim our time and concentration, leaving little room for quiet moments in His presence. Without periods of meditation and prayer, our spiritual senses become dull. But those who read Scripture regularly will learn to recognize His activity in their lives, because He always acts in accordance with His Word.
Eyes which are focused on the Lord open to a new perspective. Your faith will grow as you begin to discern His activity in your life. The joy and excitement of seeing His involvement in both big and small areas will motivate you to praise and thank Him, even in the hard times.
Dr. Charles Stanley