I’ve thought this several times. Other times, though, I wonder, “how did my life come to this?” I frequently have to be reminded that I see only a small part and I’ve lived only a small part of my life… and that I see an even smaller part of what is going on in the world. Every small part, at every moment, is fitting intricately into the grand history of God’s creation. Even when the small part that I see doesn’t seem to be leading anywhere, I know that God is working out His plan so that even that moment (or even those years) leads somewhere. When the small part I see is confusing or painful or happy or surprising, I still know God is in control and what He is bringing about is for my good and His glory.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me. Psalm 138:8
The confidence that the psalmist expressed was a divine confidence. His dependence was on the Lord alone. The psalmist was wise; he rested upon nothing short of the Lord’s work. It is the Lord who has begun the good work within us; it is He who has carried it on, and if He does not finish it, it never will be complete. If there be one stitch in the celestial garment of our righteousness that we are to insert ourselves, then we are lost; but this is our confidence: The Lord who began will perfect. He has done it all, must do it all, and will do it all…
…Yes, we should indeed perish if left to our own strength. But thanks be to God, He will perfect that which concerns us and bring us to the desired haven. We can never be too confident when we confide in Him alone and never too much concerned to have such a trust.
That is where my life — with all its ups and downs and “still” moments — is leading. A life of God’s sanctifying work until He calls me to His presence.