1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
God finishes what He starts. God has a plan for your life too. Maybe He’s revealed your lifelong calling, or maybe you can only see the next step along the path. What is important is that we are dedicated and persevere. When we struggle we can find strength and courage to continue on knowing that God is by our side the whole way. What we don’t want to find ourselves doing is constantly chasing the path of least resistance. When a project gets too big, or too hard, it’s easy to find some new challenge to keep us busy, instead of putting in the hard work to tackle the real challenges God is pushing us towards.
Have you found yourself stalled on a project? Are you procrastinating completing the next step in your journey? How have you leaned on God for strength to push through to completion?
In Matthew, we see Jesus reveal his understanding of his calling in life. And we see how the world responds, even those closest to him rebuke him. Jesus knew the pain and suffering he would endure in Jerusalem, but faithfully he followed God the Father, knowing that God’s plan is greater than any plan of man.
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” – Matthew 16:21-23
Jesus could have taken the easier path. He could have went on healing and preaching. He could have avoided Jerusalem. His friends and family would have been happier, at least at that time. But Jesus knew the greater plan of God. Whatever Jesus could have accomplished on his own in that time of history, would never compare to the saving miracle of eternal Grace brought on by Jesus’s death on the cross and his resurrection.
Michael is a servant of Jesus Christ and is currently an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is a techy by trade, but a worshiper at heart. He founded Armed to Worship with his wife, Kimber, to equip the world for worship.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.