Ron, my good friend and brother in Christ, leads a social media group where we look at a range of Biblical topics and passages. Sometimes for encouragement and instruction. Often in positive debates, like iron sharpening iron, that we might more grow a deeper commitment to the Lord and more effectively represent Christ in the world.
Today, Ron asked, “What does perfect mean to you?”
In answering the question, my first inclination was to discuss this word in its adjective form. Here, one might look at Job of Uz, who was said to be — among other things — perfect. [Job 1:1]
However, after some thought, I decided to look at the verb form, which from my observation gets far less attention among Christians than the enormous implications of the word merit.
In so doing, Psalms 138:8 came to mind.
“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me:
thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever:
forsake not the works of thine own hands.”
All of the Scriptures and our personal relationship with Christ can be summed up here. In this passage, God says you have my Word that I will bring to fruition the things that concern you. I have made it my business to work out the issues in your life according to my will. And that whatever your spirit yearns for inside of me, whether here or on the other side of Jordan, trust me, I will bring it to pass.
God’s perfecting is a matchless promise to those who trust in him.
How difficult sometimes are the days, God desires that we not bite our fingernails to the quick or pull our hair out in nervousness. God desires that we reject the bottle, the needle, or other substances that only ruin us both physically and spiritually.
God, indeed, wants to press in your spirit that nothing you can imagine in his plans plan and purposes for your life are beyond the Lord’s authority to manifest in due season. Rest in these assurances.
Whatever is before you, worship the Lord thy God. With a resolute faith, believe, as the Apostle Paul writes, that God is, and that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him. [Hebrews 11:1] Be committed to a lifestyle of praise for what I have the power to accomplish.
Come what may, be the one about whom God can boast in the heavenlies. The one who hears and responds to his call, “Stand still, and know with certainty, that I am God.”
God perfecting things in our lives is an eternal promise. I pray these words are seeds that speak life to your spirit. What are your thoughts on the above? And what does “perfect” (adjective or verb) mean to you? I’d like to hear your thoughts.
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