Conflict, both inward and outward is a constant, unwelcome companion of the human condition. But there is good news for believers; our struggles turn us to God. So herein is a simple truth: the strife we so often despise invites the grace of God. My sorrows lead me to self-examination, repentance and renewed commitment to turn everything over to my Lord and King. So conflicts are a necessary part of the process of full surrender. Self-generated transformation is always too limited in its scope. Perfection is not just a goal of God, it is His very nature. O Lord, You are the Beginning and the End. You are an exquisite finisher so I trust Your Work in me and trust no other path. You made me, own me and will complete what You started.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.