And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

// Philippians 1:6

If there is anyone who could write about suffering, joy, contentment and peace in Jesus, it’s definitely Paul. He wrote the book of Philippians while in prison, to encourage those who may have been suffering, as well as to those who were undergoing a trial.

What is this good work that God begins in you and I? It is the grace of the Gospel, which is God’s unmerited favor on our lives. The truth is, God’s favor on our lives trumps any earthly situation or circumstance that you and I may go through. I believe that is what Paul is trying to get across in relation to his circumstances at that time.

God doesn’t call you and me to surrender in order to leave us where we’re at, but rather He calls us to surrender so He can take us further than we could ever imagine. Following Jesus does not automatically mean an easy road, but it does mean being able to find strength, peace and fulfillment like never before. Without Christ we were dead in sin, and in Christ we find everything we have been searching for.

What is one of the best ways we can get through trials? Worship! What does worship do? It allows us to take our eyes off of our problem and set it on the problem solver. Through worship we begin to see God’s promises and experience Him like never before. We realize that even in trials He is not done with us yet, but He is refining us with fire to make us more like Himself. We walk out of trials with our eyes up, spirits strengthened and hearts set on who He is.

Rest in this fact: God knew the beginning of your story and He also knows the end! Trust Him, abide in Him,seek Him; for He knows the plans that will prosper you. Today, what are you believingAre you believing the lies of the enemy, or that God will sustain and finish what He started in you?

// L.J. Slan