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When I was in school, I was a part of several plays and musicals.
If I wasnít on stage acting and singing, Iíd want to still be involved with the production as one of the coolest groups there wasóthe stage crew! The stage crew is made up of people who canít act or sing, BUT can move scenery, start the fog machine, run the lights and sound. And when the show was going on, they were partying back stage the whole time! In between scenes, the cast was going over lines, listening for cues, but the stage crew was playing cards, drinking a Coke, telling jokes, or making plans as to what they were doing later that night!
One interesting point Iíd like to make here: On the final night, when the cast came out, least important to most important, and the applause always got louder and louder for each, the applause from the audience was never as loud as the castís applause when the stage crew took their bows.
This message today is for the unsung stage crew, not of any musical, but of your life.
Without the stage crew, how well do you do think the musical would go? And without a very special stage crew in your life, where would you be? How well do you think your life would be going right now without some of the behind the scenes work that went on? Todayís message isnít really about the individual contributors that make your stage crew as much as it is about The Director of your stage crew: God.
God is very much at work behind the scenes of our lives!
If we donít get that, if we miss this wonderful truth, we are going to go through life missing cues, acting in front of the wrong sets, or worse, not showing up for our part at all!
Also, if we donít get that God is at work behind the scenes of our lives, when it comes to an end, we will miss out on giving the greater applause that is due.
The account given in 2 Kings 3 shows how God was at work behind the scenes for Israel. Letís look at this event again.
2 KINGS 3:1-25 FROM THE MESSAGE.
[21-23] God is at work BEHIND THE SCENES!
Moab rebelled [all Israel saw], so they marched out to take care of the problem, but ran out of water.
Could God have been behind the scenes here, working out a better plan? A plan that included him? Up to this point it was just Godís children doing ministry. No prayer. No sacrifice. No worship. And now no water! How often we go on ahead of God and do His ministry in our name, or our ministry in His name!? How often do we go on with our day and never once think about God and his involvement in our lives?
Why wouldnít God be at work to make little speed bumps in our lives for us to slow down, think about Him and talk to him, find out what His thoughts are and His agenda is, get ore familiar with his ways and his voice speaking to us?
God supplied water for Israel, but he also was at work invisibly to the Isralis, but God used his blessing to draw the enemy out and in closer so they could be dealt with. With Godís one answer was a dual purpose! Supply and victory!
When Moab got up in the morning and saw what looked red --like BLOOD! ďThatís blood!Ē
Where do you think they got that idea?
Q. ďWhat is God doing over there?Ē
A. We donít know, and may never know,
BUT we do know OUR GOD IS ALWAYS AT WORK!
What is God doing over there?
We donít know; but we can be sure He IS doing something!
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