Devotions for Advent: December 12, 2014

Philippians 1:3-6

Imagine that today is bread-making day. It starts with a little yeast and warm water dissolved in a bowl. Cups of flour and spoonfuls of salt are gently mixed in. It’s a mess on the counter until the kneading process blends everything together. Finally, a lump of dough is carefully turned into a bowl and set aside to rise. It doesn’t look like much … but with time and patience, that lump of dough will expand until it becomes a loaf of tasty goodness.

The promise that something beautiful will come from an unfinished “mess” isn’t limited to bread dough. Paul writes that God “who began a good work in you will be faithful to bring it to completeness.”

The truth is, God isn’t finished with any of us … thank goodness. But it takes patience, faith and confidence to trust that wherever you find yourself—even if it feels like a mess—is not your finished destination.

Thank you for working in my life, Lord, and promising to bring forth something good from my messes. Amen.

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