And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ (right up to the time of His return), developing (that good work) and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.
This is one of my favorite verses. It gave me such hope when nothing in my life seemed to be going right, nothing seemed to finish the way I wanted. I also lived my life starting many projects without completing them. Once the emotional energy drained, I abandoned one venture after another to move on to the next thing I could find to give me an emotional high and make me feel like I was needed and important. Making choices based on emotions was a dangerous way to live. It drained me of energy – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – and left me powerless to do what God really wanted me to do. And, worst of all, my attitude transferred over to how I saw my Father. If I never finished my projects, perhaps God didn’t finish what He was doing in me either. Faulty thinking, but that’s where my analyzing mind took me.
Then I discovered this beautiful verse in a song g by Steve Green. “He Who began a good work will be faithful to complete it in you.” I looked up the verse and studied it over and over until it began to sink into my spirit. Could I be the one who had developed a lifestyle of starting but not finishing? Was I being disobedient by jumping into projects based on emotions without praying and seeking God’s wisdom? Could this be why I was exhausted all the time? As I prayed and pondered the verse and my questions, I knew the answer to each of those questions. I was the problem, not God. I dashed ahead of God in the choices of my life and had made a mess of everything around me. In His love and mercy, my precious Father gently taught me to listen and obey. Quickly I realized He finishes everything He starts. Yea! God! However, He also taught me that anything I start on my own He is not obligated to help or finish. Doing “it” on my own led only to frustration. Waiting for His direction brought amazing results. What if God wants to help you finish what He has started in your life? What if He is waiting for you to let go of your emotions and projects so He can complete the good He wants to accomplish in you?