God is Committed Your Good
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it [bring it to completion] until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).
For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
When you received Jesus, God started a good work in you. He is committed to your growth. He will never give up on you. Perhaps you can look back on your life and see times when God worked in unexpected ways to put you in a certain place. Or maybe you have seen in retrospect that God wanted you to go through certain experiences because you learned from them or grew to trust Him more. God charts the path ahead of His children and tells us where to stop and rest. It’s also good to know that God’s plan for us is not always difficult; there are also times of rest.
You both precede and follow me, and place your hand of blessing on my head. This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! (Psalm 139: 5-7, TLB).
God is in front of you and behind you. He knows how you felt about yesterday, how you feel about today, and what will happen to you tomorrow. He knows every thought you have, and His hand of blessing is always on you. In spite of what you may be thinking or feeling, God has maintained your life and blessed you all day long. He is saying, “I love you!” Do you realize this? Do you feel His love? God wants you to realize His intimate involvement in your life, an intimacy motivated by His love for you.
When David, the writer of this psalm, says this is too glorious, too wonderful to believe, what does he mean? If you think of all the things God could be doing because of His power and freedom, how awesome it is that He is constantly interested in us and committed to us. We know from Scripture that there is a spiritual battle for our lives being waged every day. Romans 8:36 says we are counted daily to be slaughtered, and Hebrews 1:14 tells us there are angels ministering to those who are heirs of salvation. Because Satan wants to kill us each day as a result of our relationship with Jesus, we know we are being kept from harm by the Father’s hand of blessing and protection. If God one day allows us to look back to our time on earth and see what really went on around us, we’ll realize we were unaware of the hundreds of ways in which He blessed and protected us. Only then will we fully know the depth of His love, concern, and care for us.
Has there been a time when you been able to see in hindsight what God was doing in the midst of a difficult circumstance?