Road trips can be a lot of fun. Ever since I graduated High School back in 2010 I have been on a lot of road trips. Most of them consisted of the 24 hour journey from New Hampshire to Arkansas while some of them were shorter in nature. One thing that always intrigued me was how far you can go in a short amount of time. You sit in a car for four or five hours and then look at a map. How far across America have you gone in that time? When you go from New Hampshire to Arkansas you drive close to halfway across America. It’s amazing how far you have gone in just 24 hours.
Trips remind me of a passage in Philippians 1:6 which says, “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.” Paul is very confident in this section of his letter. He is confident in the Philippians because of the good work that God has done for them and the church but also because of the passion and sacrifice they have made for the cause. Paul was certain that God would continue to work in them as they continued to support the work of the Lord. He even continues on for a few more verses supporting verse 6. Paul is absolutely sure that God will not leave them where they are at from where they had been because they were faithful and continued to sacrifice and contribute.
How far have you come in life? From a child to a teenager, from a teenager to a young adult, a young adult to an adult and so forth. Where have you been in your life and where are you now? We grow so much over time. We have times that are more difficult than others but we also have times that are easy. To summarize what Paul said, God didn’t bring us this far to leave us. That is something we can hold onto when life gets hard or maybe our faith grows weak in a moment.
How far have you come but also where is God taking you? We know with confidence that God is going to bring the good work in us to completion at the end of the day. What do we need to do? We need to keep on trucking through life, to keep being faithful to Him, and to keep living a life worthy of Him. There are times when this life will be hard. It is a fact. But in these times we know where we can plant our feet and stand firm. When we trust God and lean on Him during the storms of life we know that He will bring everything to completion one day.
God didn’t bring me this far to leave me. He won’t leave you behind. He doesn’t leave the pillow behind for a summer at camp or grab the tooth brush but leave the toothpaste. God hasn’t brought you to where you are now to leave you behind. He wants to be there with you and to continue working with you until He makes your work complete. God won’t leave you behind. Where will God lead you in life if you remain faithful to Him and keep working to serve Him each day? Paul is confident that in the day of Jesus Christ that our work will be brought to completion. I’m confident about this as well, how about you? God didn’t bring you this far to leave you now. Look how far you have come in your life and how far He can take you.
Trust God’s Plan, Mark Casella