Devotion for May 9
By Bryan Chapell

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. (Phil. 1:6)

When an architect designs a building, he plans all the details. He draws in the spiral staircase, the dormer windows, and even the attic and basement. But while the structure is under construction, onlookers need some imagination to envision the final product. It can often look like a disorganized mess until final stages.

The Apostle Paul describes God as a divine builder, working for our good now, and also planning for our future glory. But day after day our human frailties remind us that we are still under construction. God is still framing our lives and installing proper supports, because he is working to bring us into conformity with his ultimate plan.

We can get discouraged that the construction takes time and that we are not yet all we desire to be. So the Apostle Paul encourages us to be patient with this assurance: “He who began a good work, will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.”

Until then, we are all “Christians under construction,” thanking God that, though we are not all we should be, we are not all we were or shall be. God’s not done with us, yet, but he promises to bring us to completion according to his design.

Lord, thank you that I am forgiven, even though I am still under construction. Give me patience and encouragement as your plan unfolds for my life, knowing you promise to bring everything to completion through Christ!

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