Sunday, May 3, 2015

The perfecting of the Saints

by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

   The Lord seems to speak (to me at least) in threes. I guess I have to hear it repeated three times before I give Him my full attention. I’d like to think that it’s each member of the Trinity speaking to me, but I know deep down it’s my pre-occupation with daily life that keeps me distracted. But boy! Am I ever glad that He knows how to get my attention!

    Recently, I heard someone quote Romans 8:28 –

“And we know that all things work together for the good, to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

   At the end of the verse, the person added these words: “If things have not worked out yet to the good of the Believer, then “things” must not be done yet.” So, God’s work is surely continuing!

    Just as when He spoke Creation into existence, it was when His work ceased, that God looked upon all that He had created and declared it to be “very good!” (Genesis 1:31). Then He rested. In a similar way, God will not rest until the work in us is also completed. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Being confident in this very thing; that He which hath begun a good work in you, will complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) God did not begin Creation and stop half-way through. He has shown us the thoroughness with which He works. He begins a work, performs the tasks, and completes His endeavor.

    It is all done with God’s purpose in mind: The perfecting of the Saints. As hard as some days seem to be, God still pushes us through until we are eventually brought to the end of ourselves, and full trust in Him alone.

    Yesterday’s Our Daily Bread also brings the same thing to light. Leaning on the everlasting arms of the Lord we entrust our children to Him, especially those that do not walk with the Lord, for the end of the story is not yet written. And last week’s study in Matthew 24 reminds us, “…see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (v.6)

    Better days lay ahead. Hard days lay ahead, too. But the best days lay beyond!

“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song
of the Lamb, saying, ‘Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God
Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.’” –Rev 15:3

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