To Finish Well

Job 8:7   “Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your end will increase greatly.”

Let’s face it, most of life is a learning curve.  How often have we all said or thought,”If only I knew then, what I know now.”  Too often the wears and cares of life can seep into our faith and make us sarcastic and cynical.  We cease to trust God and one another.  But God is bigger than all of life.  I, too, have suffered greatly at the hands of others, both Christian and not.  I cannot tell you how often I have cried out to God to deliver me, to deliver our family, to vindicate us.  My heart has soaked itself in the waters of disappointment, loss and confusion.  God never promises us that life will always go well, or make sense or even be easy.  Just recently when sharing with a friend, God snuck in and awakened my heart to the fact that, as I’ve gotten older, I have desired life to get eaiser, instead of desiring Christ to be glorified.  My heart was cut to the quick and I immediately began to cry.  We both prayed and I repented of desiring a life of comfort and ease.

Jesus never had an easy life, His life was filled with rejection, being slandered by mankind, and spoken of as a lunatic.  He was constantly misunderstood, ceaselessly challenged,  and continually sought after by people who just wanted to use Him.  He was pursued by those who were always seeking a way to entrap Him in His own Words.  He was surrounded by false accusers, arrogant liars, pleasers of men, instead of pleasers of God.  He got frustrated with them at times and let them know, in no uncertain terms, that He knew exactly who they were, who had sent them, and what their deceitful motives were.

Our Precious Lord was sought after constantly by people in need, people who were lost, people seeking a leader, a reason to live, a God of Mercy.

I love the verse I found this morning in Job:

Job 8:7  “Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your end will increase greatly. 

I felt God speaking this directly to me this Morning, and I turned it into a prayer.  I asked God to use me up, to make my end increase greatly.  I may have started small, and been very insignificant; but I desire to be used more intensely for the rest of my life.  I desire to finish well.  I don’t want to slow down the pace for God now, as I have gotten older.  I don’t want to retire from Kingdom Work, not now, not ever.  I want to finish like the horse that comes from behind, in the Run for the Roses, and takes the crown.  I take this crown, only so I can prostrate myself before our Precious Savior, and lay that crown before Him.

Perhaps God has stirred your heart through this devotional this morning, as He has certainly stirred mine.   Go to Him now, and tell Him that you want to finish well.  Tell Him you desire the end of your life to be super charged and powerful for the Kingdom of God.  Join me in this desire to be used up by God.  Amen and Amen!

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