Day Two: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it out to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)
I has this verse on a poster I had gotten from a Christian teen magazine back in middle school and that poster hung above my bed right through high school. So I saw this verse a lot and quickly memorized it! The poster had as a background a beautiful sunset over a grove of trees with the verse printed in the middle of it all. It really spoke to me because it made me realize that God would not just leave me with all my issues but would stick with me to the end! That He is and will continue to be doing a good work in my life. This was especially such a comfort to me during my tumultuous teen years.
But I think my understanding of the verse has changed from when I first put it up until now. For example, different phrases in the verse have stood out to me at different times over the years. Sometimes I needed more help in the confidence department of my faith and sometimes I needed to realize there God is actually working things out for the good in my life and sometimes I just needed to know He is not just a fair-weather friend but there through the thick and thin of if all.
But now? Well, now this verse still is one that frequently pops in to my head and I believe it mostly in regards to the fact that it is God who began this work in me and that He will be the one to see it through. Kind of takes the pressure off if you know what I mean? A quote also comes to mind from I heard somewhere from Cardinal Basil Hume, “Our search for God is only in response to His search for us.” I had this one up on my quote board for quite awhile. Or the idea that I simply need to “work out what God works in” as seen here from an entry from My Utmost from His Highest by Oswald Chambers. So much to unpack in this verse! So I will leave you with it again:
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it out to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)