|God Finishes What He Starts
By Greg Sanders
1 Chronicles 28:20 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the lord is finished correctly.
Starting something is often the easy part. I start eating a healthy diet every day but somewhere through the day, I usually blow it. Persevering and finishing are much more difficult for me than starting. The good news is that when God starts something in your life, you can count on His power and presence to empower you to complete it. When you step out in faith to obey God’s word for your life, you can count on His intervention to enable you to do what may seem impossible right now. Today I want to give you three things to consider as you step into new territory.
Remember that you have a part to play.
David told his followers to, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work.” David said you have to do the work. The journey between where you are now and where God has called you to be will most likely be filled with some hard work. God does not act as a genie that automatically makes His promises appear. He often uses our efforts to accomplish His plan.
Realize that you never do your part alone.
David told his people that God’s presence would be with them as they did His will. The truth is that you never serve God alone. At times in our lives His presence is almost tangible; other times it may seem like His presence is a million miles away. The truth is that it does not matter how close or far away God feels. He is always fully present with His people.
Rest in the fact that God takes responsibility to finish what He starts.
David told His people that as they did the work of the Lord, “He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the lord is finished correctly.” David went ahead and dealt with all the unforeseen problems that might lie ahead. David put the responsibility of this project’s success directly on the shoulders of God. You can do the same. You can have confidence that when you are obedient to Him, He will complete the task. Philippians 1:6 says it like this, “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.”
Today’s Challenge: Don’t allow what you don’t know and can’t see keep you from diving into the mission that God has for your life. Realize that as you walk in obedience to Him, He will walk with you. He will complete what He starts in your life.