‘…Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?’ (Isa 43:19). It might not be the perfect artwork yet. It might only be the beginning of something beautiful. It might even look a little messy. But today you can trust this: He who started the good work in you will bring it to completion. He will not put the pencil down until the masterpiece is finished!
Words and drawing by Heather Djunga
When you consider your walk with Him, do you remember moments in the past when His faithfulness amazed you and how He produced some beautiful pencil strokes which left you in awe. In those moments, your hope was high and the vision was clear and you felt you could take on the world.
The Lord has reminded me this past week that I need to trust the process and trust that He finished everything He starts. If He is behind what has been spoken, it will be done.
He has reminded me of how when He gave the promise, He already knew the challenges that would come and also how nothing – no power of hell – can stop or stand in the way of what He has spoken.
In fact, He wove the shadows in your story into the final outcome – which is the fulfillment of His promise.
Do you see how a drawing has both shadow and light? Maybe those working the shadow into your story believe they are powerful. Maybe you even think they have the power to sway God’s promise to you but they are as much passing through the hands of the Sovereign Lord as those who are the light in your life.
Remember in the book of Job, satan had to ask God’s permission before he could sift God’s faithful servant.
“So in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone. Let them go! For if their purpose or endeavor is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts 5:38-39)
Everything – the light and darkness – is brought together by the Creator to bring forth the depth and clarity and beauty of the unique picture He is creating through you.
So if you are tired or disillusioned or maybe you don’t get what He’s doing, or maybe you don’t know how the next pencil stroke will come – remember… He is faithful and He won’t put down the pencil!
Homework today: Stand back and look at what He’s already done. Do you see how He is more committed to the outcome of your story than you are. Trust He will do what He has said. Start declaring what has been promised over your life and standing on His Word (both scriptural promises and His revealed will to you) over your circumstances… believing.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)
“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut 8:2-3
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