"Before Ordained"

by Ted Kyle

As I was considering the other evening what an unfinished work of God I am, the re-re-re-discovery of Psalm 138:8 filled me with awe-and deep gratitude. These words, you see, contain a simple, plain-spoken promise of God, which all who are among His children can take to heart: "The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me…."

That's it. Every time I mess up, despite my good intentions (for try as I may, the edifice of my life I seek to build for God's glory keeps coming unglued, my efforts go askew), God has pledged that He will perfect that which concerns me. All praise to Him-for He can do that which I cannot. He can and He will. That is His Word, which stands written and cannot be unwritten, whether in this world or the next.

Of course, this verse is not God's only word on the subject. Hebrews 12:2 asserts that Jesus is "the author and finisher of our faith."

But the Bible also tells us that God is much more deeply involved in us than simply in tidying up our messes and completing our projects. First of all, we learn in Ephesians 1:4, that "He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." So it was no accident that we who have chosen Jesus Christ as our portion should love Him-He had already chosen us!

And not only did our Creator choose us-He even chose the works which He created us to do for Him: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them!" (Eph. 2:10).

I hope you, dear reader, find that as great a comfort as I do. Can God fail? Never! The Bible assures us that His word will not return unto Him void. What He sets Himself to do will take place, even more surely than that the sun will rise tomorrow.

So if we who are His children sometimes suffer doubts, if our plans misfire, and even if we stumble, He will be there to pick us up, to guide us back to His path-to perfect that which concerns us.

Eternity will not be long enough by half to sing His praises!


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