It was one of those “aha” moments for me.
I was reading my Bible on a regular old Wednesday morning, and this amazing thought hit me.
Maybe it was the second cup of coffee. Maybe it was the sweetness of the Spirit.
Whatever the case, this is so good.
It’s simple, and yet it’s profound.
Ready for it?
He never leaves a project forever undone or unfinished. God doesn’t walk away. He doesn’t quit on us. Our heavenly Father is a finisher!
Our heavenly Father is a finisher!
God achieves what He sets out to achieve.
He fulfills His promises.
He answers prayer.
Sometimes, there are long delays. Often, we wait for to carry things out. We pray in earnest for years, even decades.
But, eventually, God brings about what He sets out to accomplish.
God finishes what He starts.
For example, we prayed for over 20 years for one of our relatives to come back to the Lord. We loved him, and we believed God would draw this man back to Himself. But, there were many long, dark years in his life. There were many years of praying in faith that one day he would return.
Eventually, our relative began to express the emptiness he was experiencing in his life.
After over two decards of praying for him, God began to bring him home. He now walks the Lord and actually serves on the staff of a church!
God finishes what He starts – even if it takes two decades.
Additionally, we see God as the “Finisher” throughout the Bible.
Consider these examples:
4 Bible Reminders that God FINISHES What He Starts
Example One – Genesis 2:2
To begin with, consider the very first pages of scripture. In this text, God completed His work making all of creation in six days. He finished what He started, and then He rested. God is a finisher!
“By the seventh day God had FINISHED the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”
Example Two – John 4:34
Secondly, we discover that “finishing His work” was at the very heart of Jesus’s earthly mission. Jesus had a mandate that He would fulfill, no matter what it cost Him.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do what the One who sent me wants me to do [the will of the One who sent me] and to FINISH [complete] his work.
Example Three – John 19:30
This third example may be the greatest evidence we have that our God is a finisher, a completer of what He starts. In this section of scripture, we find Jesus on the cross nearing death. His final words give evidence to His commitment to following through on what He begins.
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “IT IS FINISHED.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Example Four – Philippians 1:6
Finally, the apostle Paul shares a great word of encouragement about how God works in our lives. Our God always finishes what He starts in us!
“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a FLOURISHING FINISH on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”
Be encouraged today that God finishes what He begins.
He finishes in other people’s lives, He finishes in the Bible, and He will finish in your life too!
Maybe you’ve been praying about something for a long time… keep praying.
Maybe you’ve been waiting for an answer for years… keep waiting and hoping.
Possibly, you are ready to give up today… don’t!
The Life Application Bible sums this whole idea up so well:
“When God starts a project, He completes it!”
And, He will complete His projects in your life and in mine.
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