As I was typing the subject for this post, I mistyped and made HE in caps. Then I kept it because I think it helps me to emphasize HE.
HE will surely do it.
The devotional for today in Come, Lord Jesus is one of my favorite verses in the Bible.
He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
What will he do? In the previous verses, it talks about the God of peace sanctifying you completely, for your whole soul and body to be blameless at the coming of Jesus.
That kind of transformation sounds impossible. It is, by human strength.
Right now I am learning what God teaches me in many different ways in my life, that the try-hard life will never, ever work for me. There might be a temporary satisfaction here or there, but it's not where my true life comes from. The try-hard life, grit-it-out by my own strength (and I'm pretty tough!) is still not how I am transformed. I am transformed by acknowledging who God is and that HE will surely do what he has planned to do and has promised to do. He is faithful and if I can see how he does things as a gift, I may not try so hard on my own.
My own prayer for this may be one of the hardest but also one of the most necessary.
Mostly, this is a prayer of confession that I try and get it right on my own. I like to have my own back, even though that's a heavy weight when I know God's burden is light. I know that I am all the time challenged to see things another way and that is grace.
I pray to keep letting go of the try-hard life. I pray that inward and outward peace would surround me, surround you, friend, because it's God that will surely do it.