Since childhood, I have loved the theater. I remember seeing Little Women in Portland. It was so exciting to walk into the theater and see the hustle and bustle of people as they made their way to their seats.

You can sense the anticipation in the room when everyone is seated, and the lights slowly dim as the audience awaits the moment when the curtain rises and the show begins. I would hold my breath and wait for the music to start, and then the curtain would go up, and I would see the actors acting out their scenes.

From the perspective of the audience, the play seems magical. We don’t see what goes on behind the curtain. We don’t see the director guiding the actors. We don’t see the technicians making sure the sound is clear or the lighting is just right for each scene. We don’t see the set designer making sure everything is in order. We don’t see all the hard work that goes into making that play a success. We only see the actors and their beautiful costumes on the stage.

Some people in the audience may not care what goes on behind the curtain; they are just there for a show, but it’s important to know that without the support of those working behind the scenes, there would be no show.

When we don’t understand what is happening in our lives, it can test our faith because we can’t see what God is doing behind the scenes. Remember, just because we don’t see God working doesn’t mean He isn’t. God is always working in our lives, and if we look closely, we can see that the Master’s hand has been working, but He was working behind the curtain.

II Corinthians 4:19 urges us not to look for what is seen but what is unseen because what we see is temporal, and the unseen is eternal. Still, when we’re going through a difficult season, we don’t care about the unseen; we want God to move and see the evidence of His movement in our lives.

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Corinthians 4:18, KJV).

Jonah

When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, he didn’t obey initially, but three nights in the belly of a great fish changed his mind.

Jonah finally obeyed God: he went to Nineveh, told the city’s people to repent, and left. Jonah didn’t know God was working on the king of Nineveh’s heart. The king and all the city repented, yet Jonah didn’t seem to care what God was doing behind the scenes and expressed angry disappointment that God didn’t destroy Nineveh.

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them” (Jonah 3:5, KJV).

“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not” (Jonah 3:10, KJV).

“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry” (Jonah 4:1, KJV).

Reflect on a time when you were reluctant to follow a particular path or decision, but circumstances led you to reconsider and take action. How did this experience change your perspective, and what did you learn about the importance of understanding and trusting in the broader plan or purpose that may be at work behind the scenes?”

Elijah and the Widow

When the ravens stopped giving him food and the brook dried up, Elijah didn’t know where his next meal would come from. In I Kings 17:10-16, God sent Elijah to a widow who fed him a cake made from the last flour and oil in her house. God worked behind the scenes to provide a miracle for Elijah, the widow, and her son.

And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.

And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”

(I Kings 17:12-16, KJV)

David and Goliath

In I Samuel 17, the Philistines aggressively threatened the Israelites with Goliath, a tall, strong warrior. The Israelites didn’t know that God was working behind the scenes to anoint a boy named David with His power to kill the giant taunting the Israelites.

“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.”

(I Samuel 17:45-47, KJV)

Naomi and Ruth

When Naomi lost both her sons and her husband, she thought her life was over, but God was working behind the scenes. Naomi didn’t know that the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, would be born from Ruth’s lineage. Now, her circumstances looked grim, and there was the possibility that she and her daughter-in-law would starve to death. But God was working behind the scenes. Naomi didn’t see it until He opened the curtain and showed her that He had not forgotten her.

And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.” (Ruth 4:14-15, KJV)

Daniel

When Daniel faced the troubling news that he would be thrown into the lion’s den if he didn’t bow to the king when the music sounded, he had no idea if he would live. But God was working behind the scenes!

“Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt” (Daniel 6:21-22, KJV).

Many other biblical stories, such as Moses, Joseph, and Hezekiah, reinforce that God works to care for His people behind the scenes.

In my twenty-plus years serving the Lord, I’ve had many difficult seasons, but I know one thing: God is always working for our good!

We may not see God working, but if we are still, we can feel His presence in our predicament. I hope that wherever you are, you understand that just because you don’t see God working doesn’t mean He isn’t working. God never stops working! He hears us when we call upon Him.

I want to encourage you today: even though you don’t see God working, and you don’t see any evidence that He is near, or you don’t see any movement of God’s hand in your circumstance, believe that He is working behind the scenes. When God is done working, He will lift the curtain, and you will be blown away by what He was doing behind the scenes.

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop; You never stop working
You never stop; You never stop working
(Sinach, “Way Maker,” 2015)

God is working in your situation; believe and know He’s never stopped working!

 

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Rebbecca lives in Oregon with her husband of thirteen years and four amazing kids.

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