Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Have you ever started something with great enthusiasm only to get distracted by something else that captures your attention? You know what I mean, don’t you? You have every intention to finish a project only to lose interest and move on to something new.
I’m glad God isn’t like that with me! He’s faithful and keeps working on us to the very end. That’s why the author of Hebrews called Jesus the beginning and end, the “author and finisher,” of our faith [12:2]. He doesn’t quit; He finishes what He begins.
You can rid yourself of that awful inclination that you are going to crash and burn as a Christ follower. That, my friend, is a lie. The brother of Jesus wrote in his letter that God “is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” [Jude 24].
That verse doesn’t teach sinless perfection. The idea behind “stumbling” is neither about the ups and downs of life nor our failures. It’s about our ultimate victory. Jesus will see us through it all, to the very end!
It applies to the storms of life as well. They are common among Christ followers. We all experience them. But God will work them to our advantage, our good [Romans 8:28], a great promise to hold dear.
There is great hope in that. No matter what you are going through, no matter the difficulty, God is in control, and He will see you through it all — until our ultimate victory!
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Philippians 1:6 (The MESSAGE Paraphrase)