Will He finish what He started? Of course He will.  Isaiah 55:10–11 says, “As the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, . . . So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void”. The word void means “empty.” The remainder of verse 11 explains what it means to “not return void,” saying that God’s Word “will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

The Christian life is fraught with temptation to sin and with much struggle and suffering. Why does God allow this? We should run our race with endurance, looking unto Jesus (who himself suffered). The Hebrew writer says, "You have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise" (Hebrews 10:36). He then says, "Consider him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls"(Hebrews 12:3).

The example of Jesus "who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2) helps us to continue on the true path through every difficulty. "Therefore do not cast away your confidence which has great reward" (Hebrews 10:35).

Through the intercession of Jesus we are able to "hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful"(Hebrews 10:23). Christ’s example of faithfulness through every trial and temptation, helps us to confidently trust him and continue to follow him to the end.

In this world, we will experience trouble. We will experience heartache. And we will experience failure. But your failure does not mean you are faithless. Your ability to cry out to God and get back on your feet is an example of the faith he has authored IN you. Continue the race. Your faith in HIM will get you through.

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church

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