Whatever God Begins, He Finishes

Thursday, March 21, 2019

“Being confident of this: that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6 NIV)

The nature of God is such that whatever he begins, he finishes.  In the Bible it says that God finished the work of creation and rested on the seventh day.  And on the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished,” thus indicating that he had completed the work of salvation by giving his life as the perfect sacrifice to pay the debt of your sins and mine once and for all time.

In the same way, God is able to finish what he has begun in the life of every believer.  The apostle Paul put it this way in his New Testament letter to the Philippian church:  “Being confident of this:  that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."  In other words, we can rest assured that God is going to finish what he began; he's not going to leave it half-done.

Is anyone discouraged, wondering how you're going to make it through with everything you are facing and with the enemy attacking you and whispering, "It's all over"?  Worried about what's going to happen next week or next month or next year?  Perhaps you're a mom or a dad and you don't know what to do with the kids, with the bills, with an elderly parent; or you’re a young person who is unsure of what career path to take or whether you’ll even have a job after you graduate; or you’re between jobs and feeling insecure in this time of economic upheaval in the world.  Remember that it's not about you.  God isn’t saying, "You will finish the work you began..."  Nor is he saying, "You will finish the work I began.” Rather, he is saying, "I will finish the work I began in you."  We’re not the ones who complete the work; he does.

So let's stop being robbed of our joy because we're feeling overwhelmed with the cares of life and worrying about how everything will turn out.  Instead, let's trust him to complete everything he has begun concerning our lives and the lives of our loved ones today.

Read Philippians 1:3-11.

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