Scripture: And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Observation: We are a (continual) work in progress.
Application: We live in a society of instant gratification. We have fast food. We have speed dialling. We have rapid transit. We have texting and instant messaging. We have instagram. We have google. We have drive thru banking. We have online banking. We have electronic money transfers. We have tap credit cards. We have click and connect grocery shopping. Got a problem? We've got an app for that. Got an illness? We've got a pill for that. Instant gratification.
As a grade 1 teacher, in my 9th year of teaching, I have already seen the effect of this instant gratification world in my students. They are less patient. They are irritable when things take time. It's so hard to get them to slow down and understand that things don't always happen instantly.
Paul says that he is confident that God is not finished with us. He also adds that God may only be finished when Christ returns. We may wait our whole lives to feel that we are completed or finished. That is a long wait and can be discouraging in a society that demands instant gratification.
However, there is encouragement in that too. Until we die, or until Christ returns, we have the opportunity to get better. Each day we are a work in progress and God is faithful during the whole journey. This is a comfort to me as I deal with a new diagnosis for Multiple Sclerosis. God is not done with me and He will be with me along the journey wherever it may lead. I may not experience the healing the way that I would like but I know that God is faithful.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Your love never fails. Help us to realize that You have the future in your hands and that we have the confidence that You are working to finish what You started. Thank you for being forever faithful. Grant us patience to remember that You are not finished with us yet. Amen.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Leviticus 19-21, Philippians 2