Key Verse: “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
How many times have you started something and stopped before it’s completion? Sometimes, we stop something out of wisdom, for example, if we are walking down the wrong path in life, involved in an improper relationship or harmful habits. Other times we clearly quit because we become lazy, fed up or find something too difficult.
Thankfully God is not like us. He does not start to do something, and later decide it is not a good idea and then gives up on it. On the contrary, God always finishes what he has planned to do as he has already seen it from start to finish.
There are times in life, where we seem to be stuck and going nowhere. At times, we battle past habits and sins that we know displease God. Paul writes in Romans 7:19 “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Like Paul, these times remind us that our life is not perfect yet. However, if you are in Christ, then you can be fully assured that He will never give up on you and leave you alone no matter what happens. Our confidence should not be in our ability to change, but His promise to complete the work He has started.
Isaiah 46:10-11 are two verses which illustrate the faithfulness of God towards us in accomplishing His work. God says, “My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure,” and “Truly I will bring to pass, I have planned it, surely I will do it.”
We have the habit of flying from whim to whim, fancy to fancy, but God has a determined purpose for all the things, events and people that he has planned. We often fail to grasp this steadfast aspect of God nature because by our very nature, our desires can change, picking up and dropping hobbies and friends as the mood takes us. How many times have we started a large jigsaw puzzle and put it back into the box before it’s finished? How many times have we said that we’re going to try a new diet, and then within a few weeks we’ve returned to normal eating patterns?
While we may not have the stamina or ability to follow through on our desires, we can gain strength from the fact our God will never give up on us, never let us down, and has promised to finish the good work he has begun in us, for our benefit and His glory.