Read Philippians 1:3-6
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (NLT)
Our life in Jesus is a journey. There are seasons along the way, and the landscape we encounter will change. But one thing does not change: the ongoing companionship of our God. Paul suggests this God is with us at the beginning, and won’t leave our side till that time when Jesus ushers in the new heavens and new earth. And then, of course, God continues to fill our days forever.
So our God is not like the starter at an athletics event who fires the starting gun and watches as we race off on the journey alone. He is not like an occasional spectator during that race who spasmodically gives us attention. And nor is he just waiting at the finishing line like a cheerleader who urges us on from that distant vantage point.
Our God is with us as we begin the journey, given he in fact offers the reality of the journey in the first place. He is with us as we take our faltering steps—if it is a race, it sometimes feels like a three-legged race! And of course he is with us to welcome us into his own place as the journey ends. He is the goal of our journey.
Our journey might be hard and puzzling at times. We might not understand the twists and turns along the way, but we have as our companion the one who launched us on the journey and welcomes us as we finally end it.