July 26, 2010

Finishing well

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- July 26, 2010

“So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.” Esther 7:10 a

Some people do not finish well and others do. Why? It comes down to our choices. The choices you make today determine how you finish tomorrow. You can live in very difficult circumstances yet make very wise choices. If so, there is a great probability you will finish well. You can live in the best of conditions but make unwise choices. In this case, the chances are you will not finish well. So, does it mean we will have no regrets when we finish well? No.

God is not looking for perfection, but He does desire passion for Himself and obedience to His word. People—who do not finish well—have decided to take control themselves. They act like they have a better plan than God. This type of decision-making process will have limited success, if any, in the Lord’s eyes. Then, how does the Bible describe finishing well?

It’s like a life long race—a marathon. Jesus is at the finish line, and as you run—an eternal entourage of people who have been faithful before you—surrounds you. Your Savior and His saints are praying for you and encouraging you to finish well—this is His will. Don’t lose heart or become proud of heart. Keep your focus on the ultimate destination: the prize of Christ’s commendation that awaits you. The Bible says:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Along the race of life you will encounter difficulty. You will tire and need rest. You will have stretches of road that you run alone and feel like quitting. Others times the race will seem like an up hill battle with every muscle in your body screaming for attention. But thankfully, there are times of refreshment and rejuvenation. After you have run up a hill of hope, there is an opportunity to enjoy the righteous run down the other side. Indeed, some roads dead-end—you need to regroup and study the map (Scripture) of God’s will.

Thus, finishing well thrives in the presence of God. Intimacy with Him positions you to hear His voice and obey Him. You want to please the one you love. And what about those who love you? Yes, accountability from others who love you most facilitates finishing well. Listen intently to those who have your best interest in mind—who are finishing well themselves. We need mentors to help us refocus on the right priorities.

Lastly—finishing well means you live like you are dying—because we all are terminal. There is a sense of urgency to live our life today for Christ, since tomorrow may not come. We live best when we live as if today were our last day. Thus, finish well today for your heavenly Father, family, friends and future saints. A life well spent makes your Savior smile and say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant” (Luke 19:17, KJV). .

What does it mean for me to finish well? Am I finishing well today?

Related Readings: Proverbs 20:28; Isaiah 26:2; Acts 27:25; 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Boyd Bailey is the author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional and two devotional books, Infusion and Seeking Daily the Heart of God


Comments

  1. I’m the proprietor of JustCBD Store company (justcbdstore.com) and I am currently seeking to expand my wholesale side of company. It would be great if someone at targetdomain give me some advice 🙂 I thought that the best way to accomplish this would be to talk to vape shops and cbd retail stores. I was hoping if anybody at all could recommend a qualified web site where I can buy Vape Shop B2B Marketing List I am already checking out creativebeartech.com, theeliquidboutique.co.uk and wowitloveithaveit.com. Not sure which one would be the best option and would appreciate any guidance on this. Or would it be simpler for me to scrape my own leads? Ideas?

  2. процедура, которая проводится, когда имущества и всех активов предприятия банкротство юридических лиц вопрос интереснен каждому коммерсанту

  3. I enjoy looking through a post that can make people think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

  4. Buy Kratom says:

    I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you book marked to look at new things you post…

  5. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having issues with your RSS. I don’t know why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody having the same RSS problems? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  6. It’s difficult to find experienced people in this particular topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  7. You are so cool! I don’t suppose I’ve truly read something like that before. So nice to find someone with a few original thoughts on this issue. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  8. E Backers says:

    When I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

  9. SEO Consult says:

    I blog quite often and I truly thank you for your information. The article has really peaked my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed too.

  10. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after looking at some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m definitely pleased I came across it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

  11. Shore Ditch says:

    After looking at a few of the blog articles on your web site, I seriously like your way of writing a blog. I bookmarked it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my web site too and tell me how you feel.

  12. Three Fat says:

    Next time I read a blog, I hope that it won’t disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought you would have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could possibly fix if you were not too busy looking for attention.

  13. Joana Vaiou says:

    Great information. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I’ve book marked it for later!

  14. This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Many thanks! Where are your contact details though?

  15. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this post plus the rest of the website is very good.


Comments are closed.

Recent Posts