Lent Day 34

“Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.” Hebrews 10:35-36 (Message)

It is exciting to begin a new project. Your confidence and motivation are in high gear. Great ideas are swirling around in your mind. As you start, you just know this is what you should be doing and that it is going to turn out great. Then, you run into a minor snag; no problem, you keep on moving forward. Next, someone makes an unsolicited comment, maybe not even directly about your project, but a seed of uncertainty is planted. Your confidence wanes and you are not as excited and determined as you were at the beginning.
The above scenario is all too common; I know I have experienced it on numerous occasions. It is especially too common when we are undertaking something new for God. We start out full of confidence that this is of God. Initially, we are not bothered by minor obstacles or setbacks. However, as we continue to move forward, the enemy attempts to erode our confidence; a negative comment for someone here, a couple of steps back there. We begin to question and doubt ourselves. We may even entertain quitting.
The above verse gives me such encouragement, God’s encouragement to keep moving forward to completion. Anything undertaken in God’s plan is a sure thing. We can be confident in that assurance. It does not mean it will always be smooth sailing, but it does mean that we can keep going through obstacles and setbacks. God pledges that if we keep working within His plan, we will certainly reach the promised completion.

Dear God, thank You that You bring new and exciting things into my life. Let me finish those things with the same excitement and motivation with which I began. Help me rely on the confidence I have in Your plan and promises. In Jesus name, Amen. 

Written by Reenie Peppers

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