Last night at our Lenten Service our Pastor spoke on the Wondrous Works of God in Christ. It got me thinking about how God uses the ordinary to work the Extraordinary, namely the salvation of sinners. This morning I awoke with this thought still going through my mind that God uses ordinary things, what are called Means, to effect His works which are extraordinary.
Growing up Pentecostal/Baptist we readily recognized that God had, in the past, worked through ordinary things but often denied that He still does now. We looked for “miracles” where ever we could find them. If we didn’t, well, either we didn’t have enough faith or perhaps our faith just wasn’t quite strong enough and that would, eventually, lead to spiritual depression or worse. You might end up wondering if God even loves you or if you are truly his.
Becoming Reformed we readily recognized that God had, in the past, worked through ordinary things but He does not do that now, unless one is thinking of God’s Providential works. The only ordinary things God worked through was the preaching of the Word. Of course, God does work through the ordinary preaching of His Word but He also works through water, bread and wine.
So I thought I would just briefly look at what God has worked through in the past and what He works through now for the salvation of sinners.