The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138:8 ESV)
The work of God’s hands is to make me more like Jesus every day. His purpose for me is sealed and cannot be altered by anyone except by him. When I was born-again, I became a target of Satan who constantly attempts to derail me with lies, temptation, and accusations. He would say and do anything to have me live in rebellion against God.
But I praise my Father because he tells me there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Roman 8:1). Once I put on the cloak of Christ, he becomes a permanent part of me that can never be removed. Will I sin again? Of course I will, because the Holy Spirit is now contending with with the old me and my old ways of thinking (Romans 7:22-23). Just like the apostle Paul, my mind is set on the things of God, but my flesh (the old me) still has a sinful nature (Romans 7:25).
Jesus understands this spiritual phenomenon and therefore, starts pruning the bad pieces of me away so that I start bearing good fruit. Pruning often hurts, but eventually the limb will heal under God’s hands. Another analogy is that faith is like heart surgery where Jesus is the surgeon.The surgical wounds are necessary to fix what’s wrong inside of me, and over time I heal under his grace. As I regain my strength, I must do my part by choosing to live by God’s laws. He doesn’t desire perfection, but requires 100% effort to follow and depend on him. And if there are areas weakness within me, the Lord will sustain me with his strength so that my faith continues to grow.
He will not forsake me and will continue to complete his work in me until I am ready to meet him face-to-face (Philippians 1:6).