The Promise of Obedience

The Promise of Obedience


Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Following God’s lead may sometimes feel like failure, but it’s actually His way of perfecting His work in us. When we step out in faith and things don’t go as planned, it’s easy to question our path and even God’s purpose. However, these moments are not indicators of failure but part of a divine process where God is shaping us into vessels ready for His plans.

The journey of faith involves many twists and turns, and often, the route God takes us on differs vastly from our own expectations. We may encounter setbacks, challenges, and periods of waiting that test our patience and resolve. Yet, Philippians 1:6 provides a powerful reminder that God is faithfully at work within us. The good work He has begun is not abandoned; it is being carried on to completion in His perfect timing.

God’s work in us is an ongoing process. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” This means that every experience, whether it seems successful or not, is part of God’s master plan to refine and prepare us for His purposes. 

When we feel like we are failing, it’s often because we are measuring our progress by worldly standards rather than divine purposes. God’s view of success is different from ours. He values growth, character development, and obedience over immediate results. The challenges and setbacks we face are tools in His hands to mold us into the image of Christ.

By trusting in God’s timing and purpose, we acknowledge that He knows best. Every ending, every closed door, and every unexpected turn is a step toward the fulfillment of His greater plan. It’s an opportunity to deepen our faith, learn perseverance, and experience His grace in new ways. 

Here are three practical applications of this truth: 

Redefine Success: Align your understanding of success with God’s perspective. Success in God’s kingdom often looks like faithfulness, obedience, and growth rather than immediate results or worldly achievements.

Embrace the Process: Understand that God’s work in you is ongoing. Be patient with yourself and trust that God is using every experience to shape you according to His purpose.

Seek God’s Perspective: In times of difficulty, pray for God’s insight. Ask Him to show you how He is using your current situation for your growth and His glory.

Let’s trust in His timing and purpose, knowing that every ending is a step toward the fulfillment of His greater plan.


Consider a time when you had to release something familiar or redefine your identity in obedience to God’s plan.

How did you navigate the challenges of that transition, and how did you ultimately find God’s perfecting work in the midst of the change?