“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me…
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
Ps. 138:8 NKJV
Let’s ponder on this…
The Hebrew word used here for perfect means to complete, to come or bring to an end, to perform, to cease.
That which is not in the original Hebrew.
Interesting. The word for concerns actually means over against, at, behind, through, round about, away from, beside, among, on behalf of, etc.
In other words, the Lord will complete, bring to an end, perform, or, in other words, accomplish what? Some things? A few things? No, ALL things in my life. I like the Common English Bible’s translation of this verse, “The Lord will do all this for my sake.”
[tweet]He will do all He has promised.[/tweet] Complete all His work started in and for me. Because He works on my behalf, accomplishing all for my benefit. He will perform all His Word through my obedience. He will bring to an end what is against me, behind me, round about me, beside me, and on my behalf. And in His own time. Therefore, it all works together for my good.
So, what concerns me, or, more accurately, what comes against me, what swirls round about me? My family, job, finances, school, relationships? Am I in a state of suffering? In a trial? In a time of grief? What about my future?
If I cling to my worries, doubts, and fears in my circumstances, I will frustrate myself over something that is usually beyond my control. I must let go and depend on God’s Word.
If His Word is true, then, it is faithful; it is dependable; it is eternal.[/tweet] And applicable to all my life’s situations. If I place my external and internal concerns in His hands, then I will experience His peace and rest. All is perfectly contained and subdued in His hands. Even the fiercest storm.
God is always faithful to the promises in His Word, for the One Who breathes His promises into our hearts will not fail to manifest them, when we are faithful to obey His Word. He will never forsake the works of His hands.
Gabriel told Mary,[tweet] “With God nothing will be impossible.”[/tweet] (Luke 1:37 NKJV) I love the literal Greek, “Because not will be impossible with God every word.” (Luke 1:37 RGT) The Amplified states it according to its definitions, “For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” Isn’t that awesome?
Peace and rest will not be impossible, if I connect with it. Question marks will no longer rattle around in the walls of my skull. I will no longer fling myself in ten different directions at once. If I seek only God and His will, His Word will be fulfilled in my life.
[tweet]All the chaotic waters of my life will be calmed[/tweet], even as the sea beneath the feet of Jesus.
[tweet]Jesus is the completer, the finisher, the perfecter of our faith.[/tweet] If we trust Him, having patience, which is defined as cheerful or hopeful endurance, James tells us, “After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing.” (James 1:3-4 CEB)
The testing of my faith is working in my life, to produce endurance and its full, complete work. I’m not perfected yet.
How about you? Are patience and endurance perfecting God’s work in you?
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