The thoughts that are rolling around in my mind this evening:
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; -Philippians 1:6
When it comes to our salvation and the refining of our hearts, God holds it all in place. He leads, we follow; it is never out of His control. The reliance is on God, to bring us to where we need to be to become who we were meant to be in Him. Our salvation and our sanctification are in His able hands.
And able they are, because He is faithful and if He began this work in you, He will not leave you hanging; He will not lose interest, He will not lose heart. He will bring you to the end, through every trouble, doubt, and fear.
God began the work of grace in the soul. He had a design in it. It was deliberate, and intentional. It was not by chance or haphazard. It was because He had some object that was worthy of His interposition. There is no reason why He should begin such a work and then abandon it. It cannot be because He has no power to complete it, or because there are more enemies to be overcome than He had supposed; or because there are difficulties which He did not foresee; or because it is not desirable that the work should be completed. Why then should He abandon it? God abandons nothing that He undertakes. -Albert Barnes
So even in the worst of it, we have hope. Even when the pain reaches down to our bones and the sorrow seeps into our heart, we have hope. Because God has begun this work in us and He is faithful to complete it.