When I was reading my Bible the other day, I got stuck on a verse. Well, actually, I got stuck on a word in a verse. The verse is, Philippians 1:6, "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." The word is "confident." Paul is confident that God is going to complete the work that He began in the Philippians until the day of Christ Jesus. My question to Paul is, "What makes you so confident?"
Then I began to reflect on God's faithfulness at different times in Scripture. God was faithful to deliver the Israelites from Egypt. God was faithful to bring the Israelites out of their forty year wandering in the desert. God was faithful to deliver the Israelites from their Babylonian captivity. God was faithful to get them to the promised land. God was faithful in bringing forth the Messiah. God was faithful too the unfaithful. I can go on and on.
When I considered those instances of God being faithful, I began to understand how Paul could speak with confidence that God was going to finish what He set out to do. Mind you, he spoke with confidence as he wrote this letter from prison. He wrote this letter to the people of Philippi, who had their own share of struggles. Yet, in the midst of the messiness, Paul exudes confidence in God continuing His work. I'm wondering where you're at right now with that word "confidence." Not confidence in yourself. Not confidence in your circumstances. I'm talking about confidence in God's faithfulness to complete the work He began in you. It's not like God was leading your life with purpose and then all of a sudden decided it didn't have one. It's not like God left your life on His workbench and never decided to pick it back up. There is still purpose and you're still in His hands.
God is faithful to finish His work in your life. To you who are reading this, may you be "confident" in God. May God's faithfulness grow within you a confidence that cannot be shaken as you continue to love and serve Him with all of your heart, soul and strength.
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)