Recently, I read a verse from the Bible. It is Psalm 138:8. It says, “The LORD will perfect (that which) concerneth me; thy mercy, O LORD, (endureth) forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” As I was pondering this verse, one biblical truth came into my mind. The truth is this: “God Finishes What He Starts.” He finishes what He starts because His mercy endures forever. So we can confidently say that God will finish what He wants to accomplish in or for us.
This truth can be applied to our lives in different areas: First, we can be confident that God will complete His work in us. All of us, if we are honest, wonder from time to time why we seem to make so little spiritual progress. But even in such situations, we can be sure that “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform (it) until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil.1:6).
Secondly, we can be certain that our salvation is secure. Many people, even some Christians say, “I hope I’m going to heaven,” but that is not the language of the Bible. For those who truly trust Christ, there is a certainty that does not depend on them or their works, but rather on the promise of God and the work of God. Since salvation is God’s work, we know that we are saved. So we can confidently say, “If we die tonight, we will go to heaven.”
Finally, we can be persuaded that our service for the Lord will remain and be fruitful. Christian service in the ministry is not an easy job. The Bible compares it to fighting in a war (2 Cor. 10:3-6), and running a race (1 Cor. 9:24). Each of these requires a lot of energy, effort and discipline. It also requires us to work wholeheartedly and faithfully (Col.3:23; Gal. 6:9). But we are confident that the God who calls us to be in His service will not leave us halfway but will keep us to be faithful till the end (2 Tim.1:12).
What a wonderful comfort is to know that God will finish what He starts in and through us. This is our hope in hard times and keeps us going when we would rather quit. Our God is really the God who finishes what He starts. — Rev. Kima