We all live lives marked by unfinished business. How often we start out well, only to find our dreams unrealized and our goals unaccomplished. But this is not so for our Lord. God always finishes everything He starts . . . and that includes what He starts with YOU!
The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.” (Isaiah 14:24)
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138:8 ESV)
These are words of incredible comfort for the people of God. Our God does not abandon the works of His hand. What God begins, He finishes. His every purpose will be accomplished exactly as He has planned. His promised purpose of a new heavens and a new earth will one day be accomplished. His promised purpose of a new humanity—a people for Himself—will one day be accomplished. Nothing can thwart the purposes of God. He who begins . . . will bring to completion. He who starts . . . always finishes.
There certainly would be no comfort in thinking that it is up to us to complete what God begins in our lives. If this were true, our faith would falter and our hope would be hollow. We would experience no lasting victory against the world, the flesh, and the devil. We would be utterly lost! But God does not get our salvation started and expect us to keep it going by the spiritual sweat of our brow. God begins in grace, He carries on in grace, and He will one day complete in grace. The same grace that saves us also sanctifies us, and God will not stop one step short of the finish line, when we will be perfected and received into glory.
He will complete what he appoints for me . . . (Job 23:14 ESV)
Regardless of where this finds you today, let this truth set you free from anything that is hindering your forward progress. Yes, our lives are often marked by taking one step forward and two steps back. At times we find ourselves standing atop the summit and at others we are wallowing in the depths of the valley. But through it all, our God is conforming us more and more into the likeness of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Remember, it is God’s perfect plan to adopt imperfect people and perfect them. He takes our mess—all of our mess—and turns it into His masterpiece. He takes what is broken and makes it whole, and He does it for the praise and glory of His name. It is His faithfulness to us, not our faithfulness to Him, that makes this promise sure. Do not doubt that your God will finish what He started in you. Trust Him to make good on His promise, and trust Him to do it His way and in His timing.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!