“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.” – Genesis 2:2
“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.” – Genesis 2:2.”
This verse is so profound, because it tells us that our God is God who begins the work and never leaves it half done. It is the very character of God to complete the task which He undertakes.
God took the nature of man – Jesus. He undertook a task, a task of sacrificing His life on the cross for the sin of mankind. The night before He was crucified, His sweats were like great drop of blood. In agony He asked Father to take away the cup but Father refused. But this did not deter Him from completing the most difficult task. On the Cross Jesus declared, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).
How wonderful. We can trust God to complete the work which He has begun in us. He is in the business of transforming us from the inside. He is making a new man out of the old. We are often discouraged to see ourselves falling short of His standards. We are trying hard to be obedient. We relentlessly try to pray hard. We are restless to see that we are not getting any better in-spite of all our efforts.
Take heart and be of good cheer! God never intended you to do, you can’t, but He can. Instead, He Himself has begun a good work in the inside of us. He is carrying out the work of salvation in our inner-man and He expects us to work-out that which He has worked within us. Jesus (God) has already finished the work on the Cross and you are expected to just rest in His completed work. For this reason, God has given us the Holy Spirit to be our helper and comforter. He will take you through this journey of transformation. Invite the Holy Spirit to teach you and enable you to practice.
“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
Prayer: Dear God, please help us to be confident of you and be patience and you carry out the task of changing us from within. Give us the strength to work out that which you have worked within us that we may find perfect rest in your work. Amen