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SHEPHERD'S LETTER

The Peace Of God’s Work

March 12, 2020

Philippians 2:13

. . . for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

I share this verse often in life, whether from the front of a room speaking to a group or at a small table in a coffee shop. This verse has for some time now brought me a great sense of comfort. You see in a world where we are so focused on the doing we are often faced with things that we in our own power are incapable of fully completing on our own. This can bring us a great sense of failure and frustration. But I really love what Paul has written here concerning God’s work in our lives. He (Paul) is showing us to look at the work going on in our lives as work being done by God himself. Already when it is God doing the work the walls of failure and frustration seem to dwindle. The best part is that Paul doesn’t stop there he continues to assure the church at Philippi that His (God) work though it may be in us is being done for Himself and it is being done for His pleasure. This is the comfort that I so often find myself resting in and imploring others to rest in with me. That the things going on in our lives, the work God is doing, the stretching and shaping and pulling is being done by God the Father and not only is it being done by Him but it will be completed by Him because he is doing that work for Himself and for His pleasure. He will not stop half way through or cut corners or come in late and leave early He will work in us wholly for His good pleasure.

Curtis Kauffman

Curtis Kauffman
Shepherd of Young Adults