Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from the Scriptures
Philippians 1.6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Every once and a while even I need to clear out some of my files. It was in doing so today that I ran across the poem below – written in an earlier time by J. Oswald Chambers. Over the years I have found its wisdom such a comfort to my own soul. And, it is so very harmonious with our text. I wish I could get it so deep into my own consciousness, that I never had to go back and find it again – time after time. But we need both on a regular basis don’t we? We need to have the unmitigated confidence of this text re-etched in our inward man. Its hopefulness and truthfulness and reality so impressed as to become a part of our being. The One who began this good work in us – WILL complete it. He WILL bring it to the full at the Day of Jesus Christ’s appearing. No matter how much you’ve doubted that at times Christian, know that it is divinely and inviolably true. And, we need to remember that there will be genuine pain, perplexity, difficulty, confusion, fearfulness along the way. But on the assurance of His Word as cited above, we can safely conclude, in your life and mine, in every trial and heartache and circumstance – He knows what business He is about in it. Make no mistake, the enemy of our souls may be dead center of it all. But our God is above it all. In it all. Loving. Working. Keeping. Redeeming the trial – to complete the work.
“When God wants to drill a man,
and thrill a man, and skill a man.
When God wants to mold a man to play the noblest part.
When he yearns with all his heart to create so great and bold a
man that all the world shall be amazed…
Watch his methods. Watch his ways.
How he ruthlessly perfects whom He royally elects.
How He hammers him.
And hurts him.
And with mighty blows converts him into trial shapes of clay
which only God understands.
While his tortured heart is crying and He lifts beseeching hands.
How He bends but never breaks, when His good He undertakes.
How He uses whom He chooses.
And with every purpose fuses him by every act, induces him to try
His splendor out.
God knows what He’s about.