Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
A great practice among believers is to quit looking at the circumstances surrounding us and place our focus on the work God wants to do within us. When a person starts to examine their surrounding circumstance they can become overwhelmed, undervalued, and ill-equipped to confront such difficulties. It can become very discouraging when we spend too much time focusing on what is happening on the outside of our lives. This is why God reminds us to look on the inside of our lives.
It is important to remember that God finishes what He starts. The things on the outside are what God is using to perform the work He desires to do on the inside. When God saved us, a work of transformation was activated on an eternal level. I think we need to be reminded sometimes that the conforming process happens on the outside, and the transformation process takes place on the inside. God does not work from the outside in, but God’s good work happens from the inside and moves outward. The promise we have from God is that when He begins a good work in us, then it will continue.
We have to understand that Paul was writing this letter while in prison to a group of people that may be questioning why they were experiencing and witnessing such horrifying things to believers. We all know there are times when we start to question God’s ways. It does not make sense to serve Him and serve others and then watch bad things happen to each other. This is what Paul was teaching. Yes, I am in prison. Yes, times are tough and will get tougher. However, we must remember that God is working a good work in us, and if we will allow that work to continue then it will be performed.
Personally, I do not know why things happen the way they happen. I do not understand the COVID-19 stuff. I do not understand the rioting. I do not understand the ways of God. When we experience such difficult times we must continue. The reason we must continue is because God wants to perform a good work in us and through us. While in prison, Paul still relied on God’s good work being performed within. We must follow suit. We must remember that it is not what is happening on the outside, but we need to remember that it is what God is doing on the inside.