Daily Devotions with Greg Laurie

His Work, His Way, His Timing

Some people start projects with great enthusiasm but then don't always finish them. That is me. I get really excited about starting something, but sometimes I lose interest. For instance, when I cook, I am excited about getting the meal ready and eating it, but then I don't really like to clean up. Or when it is time to clean out the garage, I will get three-fourths of it done, and then I will say, "I will finish up the rest later on today." And guess what? I never do.

Aren't you glad that God isn't that way? Imagine if God said, "You know, I love you. I have chosen you. I want to transform you into My image. But I am kind of bored with you. I am moving on now."

"What? Wait. You are not going to finish?"

"No. I have moved on. I found someone more interesting than you."

But God finishes what He starts. Scripture tells us that He is "the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2, emphasis added). And Philippians 1:6 says, "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."

But here is what we need to remember: God does His work in His way in His own timing. As Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, "He has made everything beautiful in its time." But sometimes we grow impatient with God. We say, "Lord, finish this!"

He will finish it--you can be confident of that. But sometimes if we don't see any tangible progress, we think that God has lost interest in us or perhaps has even abandoned us. We need to remember that is never the case. He will complete what He has started.

Summary sentence: Aren't you glad God will complete what He started in you?

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