God wants me to look back where it all started. In eternity, he appointed and established all my days. He also wants me to remember my own beginning.

It’s good to ponder this often, since He didn’t leave me alone to finish what He started. I can trust his promise that he is the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Looking back brings me much sorrow. I was enslaved to my sins and evil desires and powerless to change. I was without hope and without God.

I remember a little green Bible someone handed me in college. Interestingly, I kept it without any desire to read it. A couple of years later, a friend spoke words in that book to me. Sermons from a pulpit followed and when I was 24, God began a good work in me.

Fellow pilgrim, remember when you first heard that gentle voice calling you? And how he continued to pursue you, though you had no interest in him? Now remember when you found the One you weren’t looking for (Romans 10:20). You were set free and he began a good work in you.

Be encouraged, you are not left alone. The Lord will fulfill his purpose in you (Psalm 138:8).

Before we were born, God recorded all the days ordained for us in his book. We are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

I like to think about that green little book. It says: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Gracious heavenly Father, how precious to me are Your thoughts and how vast is their sum! You alone are worthy of praise, honor and glory! Thank you for revealing to us the grace we have received in eternity and for the Lord Jesus Christ and His redeeming us back to God.

Song of Encouragement: “He Who Began a Good Work in You” by Steve Green

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