Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory
and the victory and the majesty,
indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth;
Yours is the dominion, O Lord,
and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all,
and in Your hand is power and might;
and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12
These verses were a reminder that the victory is the Lord’s. I don’t have to worry about whether He will be able to break through the devil’s influence or opposition. The victory is the Lord’s. It is also good to thank the Lord for what He will do, even though it doesn’t look like He is victorious at the moment.
For I am confident of this very thing,
that He who began a good work in you will perfect it
until the day of Christ Jesus.
We can have confidence that work that is done in Jesus’ name, primarily using His Word, will continue. God will keep working; He doesn’t stop. When our prayers are requesting God to work in a person’s life, He will answer those prayers. We just need to be patient. He doesn’t usually answer according to our time plan. He also has His own perfect way of working which doesn’t always look like my idea.
I think of this verse in regard to students. I don’t know how long I will be able to work with them, but I can have confidence that God can keep working. My part is to keep praying.
Then I will make up to you for the years
That the swarming locust has eaten,
The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.
A life lived for God will reap rewards. To dedicate oneself to God means that there will be loss, real loss and imagined loss. What God gives in exchange is greater than what the “locust” have gotten. To serve God is worth the seeming losses because what is to come is greater.