“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6
I just love that text in Philippians. It has been such an encouragement to me. It’s so easy to think that if we’re doing God’s will, everything will fall into place and we’ll get from point A to point B without any problems. But that’s not really how things work. There are lot of curves and turns along the way.
Consider David. He was chosen by God to be king, yet he spent a long time running and hiding from Saul. The possibility of becoming king was looking pretty slim for a while there.
Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers, accused of attempted rape, thrown in prison and forgotten for a few years by those who could have helped him get out of the prison. But God didn’t forget him. God was getting Joseph ready for a major task. Preparing Egypt for a famine and being in charge of distributing the food to everyone in Egypt and to those in other countries who came for food.
Moses, raised to be the son of a Princess ended up in the desert-tending sheep. God wasn’t done with him either. Moses was being prepared to lead a nation of people out of slavery and back to their homeland.
Then there’s Job. Job lost everything. He lost his business, his workers, his family, and his health. Job’s anguish was so bad that he said his days were without hope (Job 7:6) and he despised his life. (Job 9:21) God never told Job why he had to suffer so much. He never explained to Job the challenge Satan came to God with. Yet his story was recorded in the Bible and countless numbers of people have been helped by Job’s story.
There are others in the Bible who’s lives seemed to take many twists and turns away from God’s plan, when in truth, God was in control the whole time. His plan was still in action.
God does finish the work He starts in us. You may feel like you’re in a dead-end job and going nowhere, or that because your body no longer functions correctly, you are of no use anymore. It doesn’t matter where you are, or what you are doing, if you’ve given your life to God, He will use it. No one is useless. Those times where nothing seems to be happening, that’s the time God is preparing you.
You may or may not ever know the way God is using you but be assured, God doesn’t make mistakes. He makes people, and the work He started out in you He will finish as long as you let Him.