Waiting on Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017

“I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 Christian Standard

What is the good work that God wants to do in you? Does He want you to live with an ever deepening knowledge of who He is? Does He want you to live in an ever deepening fellowship with His Son? Would He really allow so many different pressures and overwhelming circumstances in your life so you would discover the inadequacy of trusting yourself to find the the right answers?*  Yes He would .. and does. He’s not a God who just aims to show you how weak you are or how easily tempted you are to lean on your own understanding. He knows how broken and flawed all of us are. He knows our tendency to try and fix what is broken and unrepairable. His aim isn’t to force you into a corner to surrender. Surrender is His gift .. freeing you from having to try harder .. to do more .. and exhaust yourself to achieve in order to win acceptance and approval. What the Lord has started in you is a work of grace: the depth of His saving love for you and the wild invitation to live everyday in fellowship with Him. The problems you face .. the circumstances surrounding you .. and the prospects of a future don’t even enter the picture of what God has in store. HIs purpose is His Son living complete in every area of your life. The hardest work you will undertake is wait. Waiting surfaces all your insecurities .. fears .. and uncertainties. It surfaces doubt in God’s faithfulness and lovingkindness. Thanksgiving is a celebration of waiting .. watching .. and walking with Jesus. It’s the with Jesus part that fills in all the gaps. It’s received and shared with thankfulness. And with Jesus … it only takes a moment …

We wait for the Lordhe is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in him
because we trust in his holy name. May your faithful love rest on us, Lord,
for we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22 Christian Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Scattered-Good-Works following Jesus. (thanks to J.I. Packer with thoughts on grace and waiting. )

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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