Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
God often uses difficult situations in our lives to work out His perfect plan and will. He doesn’t aim to scare us or make us fearful, but He does aim to make His glory known through the grace that should be evident in our hearts. The work of grace is a work of trust and goodness. It helps us to surrender to what God wants done in the world. It increases our faith. We are urged not to give up because God is still working on you and me.
Many times, we are impatient with the work God is doing in our lives. We don’t think it is His work and so we try to escape it. However, as a child of God, escape is only a futile attempt. God will continue to try us, put us before trials, and let us face temptations in order to make us the shining vessels of grace and good will that He wants us to be. We don’t always understand His ways but we must trust that He is directing us to a better path.
Believe that He has begun a good work in you. Let Him finish it. Don’t try to rush God. He has all the time in the world. Making us over in the new life of Christ takes work and time. We will need to endure pain and trials. We will need to lose something or someone in order to gain something greater. We will have to learn to carry our cross just as Jesus did and faithfully embrace the hard work of grace that is being wrought in our lives.
God will continue His work until it is finished. We can be confident and assured that God will not leave us as we are. He will not forsake us in our imperfection. He will finish what He starts in our lives. God’s work is perfect. And His work of grace will continually be perfected each and every day until we see Jesus.
“Sometimes it's hard to see how God is working. His mysteries don't always reveal their secrets to us, and our journey is often redirected by uncontrolled detours. Perhaps God showing us a better route.”
— Marianette Carbito