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You Can’t Leave Work Early

Today’s reading: Psalm 132:1-138:8

My selection: Psalm 138:7-8

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.

8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

My reflections: It is not uncommon to hear people say, “I won’t die till my work here is done.” Unlike so many clichés of dubious veracity, this one actually is true, as this passage shows.

We are more likely to think about our mortality when we are in the midst of trouble. When we, Christians, think of our mortality we are likely to comfort ourselves in the knowledge of God’s sovereign control over our life and death. We are likely to re-focus our attention on our purpose and redouble our efforts to line up with what we understand that to be.

Our purpose is given to us by God. It is “his purpose for me” not my purpose for myself. It is “the work of his hands” so He fulfills it in and through us. This does not mean we do nothing. It does mean that the purpose for which He made us will be completed. He guarantees that. (See Phil. 1:6; 2:12-13).

My challenge: If you are walking in the midst of trouble today, know that nothing can thwart God’s purpose for you. He will fulfill it before He takes you home. It’s also okay to ask Him to keep working in and through you. Be confident. Be blessed today in taking a step closer to the final fulfillment of God’s purpose for you here. You can’t leave work early.

Tomorrow’s reading: Psalm 139:1-144:15

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