Look, when I read my bible it certainly feels like God was “once upon a time” constantly performing one amazing miracle after another. The bible can read like God made water come out of rocks each Monday, rained manna every Tuesday, made His enemies with names Saul turn into His warriors named Paul each Wednesday, then on Thursdays feed 5000 with just 5 loaves and 2 fish, on Friday heal the lepers, on Saturday move a pillar of fire by night, and then of course on Sunday raise from the dead. When I read the bible this way it gets easy for me to look at my real life that is more often quite mundane, with a God the feels far more hidden, and wonder “Where is this God of power and wonder I read about in the bible?”
What has helped me over the years is to understand more completely what I’m really reading in the bible. I’m actually reading an account of the work of God over large spans of time. The book of Judges records the seeming silence of God in a dark period “where everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” The period between the Old and New Testaments was a time of prophetic silence and God’s kingdom work went underground, and His people wondered, “Is God done with us?” Heck, even when Jesus appeared more people considered Him too low, and too earthy to really be Messiah. What I learn from this is that God is at work at all times; in the big, the spectacular, the buried, the subversive, the painful, and the mundane. Just like my life, salvation history is actually a longitudinal picture of the unrelenting work of God in this world He is working to renew. With that in mind embrace the work of God in your life today. Whether God’s work seems mundane, hard, silent, obvious or powerful – know that God is at work on this very day to accomplish the renewal of everything.