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God is perfecting all things

As I was seeking the Lord about the motivation for today – this scripture came to mind. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. (Psalm 138:8)

I discovered this scripture many years ago when I was trying to make a decision. You see, sometimes we find ourselves in a situation and we don’t know quite what to do; do we keep walking by faith, do we stop what we are doing entirely, what do we do? Knowing the word of God says that God will complete the work He has begun in us – I found myself wondering if God really began this particular thing or did I begin it myself. And if He didn’t start it and I started it on my own, would He get me out of it. I found my answer in this scripture. Let me explain.

There are two words that are spelled perfect in the Bible, each is pronounced different and have a different meaning. PER-fect refers to flawlessness or sinlessness. Per-FECT is a verb whose Bible definition means completion or termination. Therefore, when this verse says ‘the Lord will per-FECT that which concerns you’, it is literally saying He will complete it or terminate it. He will completely bring it to pass or remove it from your life, whichever lines up with His will for your life. Ahh, that was good news for me.

Every area of your life is a state of development. Every day is a learning process. The Lord brings us along day by day according to His timing and plan. We are not spinning our wheels, regardless of how it feels, we are making progress. Isn’t it wonderful to know that whatever is going on in your life, God is perfecting those things that concerns you – He is literally bringing it to pass or removing it from your life – the things that are good and pure and His will, He is completing those things and on the other hand, those things that are not according to His will or plan for you, He is removing or terminating those things. I think this is an awesome promise and so liberating, to know that good or bad, it is in His hands. That leaves us totally free to simply trust and love our God.

I can think of no better revelation to lead us into this New Year. As you step into 2008 know that God is perfecting those things that concern you. He is either completing things or terminating what needs to be removed. That’s good news for us. Each day confess this scripture over your life and the lives of your loved ones. Declare ‘God is perfecting those things, all things that concern me, it’s in His hands.’ Regardless of what has happened or what is happening in your life, regardless of how it looks, God IS perfecting all that concerns you – trust Him with it and walk on in peace. And have a wonderful, blessed New Year.