Finishing Well 2
Except God’s will becomes yours you cannot receive revelations from Him that will help you in this journey of life. You may know and be able to quote a lot of Scriptures, do all the right things; except your will is subsumed in God’s they are just mere words and activities. When a person is outside the will of God such cannot do well neither can such finish well. So many teach and believe that their strength and intellect will determine how they live and will end. Unfortunately, we have seen over and over again that is not the case; everything concerning a man is not at his prerogative but God’s. No wonder when Job had an encounter with the Almighty God he repented in dust and ashes of the harsh words he had spoken concerning Him. If a person had not had encounter with God, he believes all he needs is in his hands and that is what will determine his end. You may do awesome and great things but your end is determined by your stand with God. No wonder the Psalmist said in Psalm 33:16-17: “A king is not saved by a large army; a warrior will not be delivered by great strength. The horse is a false hope for safety; it provides no escape by its great power.” Friend, you cannot be saved by the number of people you know, your strength or abilities. Your qualifications and plans are vain hope for your future. Jeremiah 9:23-24: “This is what the Lord says: ‘The wise must not boast in his wisdom; the mighty must not boast in his might; the rich must not boast in his riches. But the one who boasts should boast in this, that he understands and knows Me – that I am the Lord, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things.’ This is the Lord’s declaration.” God said this because the world measures success in three criteria – wisdom, power and wealth. Wisdom - the man communicates insights and influences others. Power – the man strives to gain advantage over others. Wealth – the man accumulates and control wealth. However, the verdict of God is that all these do not hold water without having knowledge of Him. To know God is to have an encounter with Him and continue to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Psalm 30:7 tells us that by the favour of God you are made secure. Reliance on prosperity or feeling secure in temporal things is not only false but also a path to destruction! When God withdrew His favour and mercies, trouble stared him in the face and he was terrified. Saul and Jonathan were men that lived successful lives according to the standards of the world but did not finish well with God. All that remained after them by way of testimony is a barren mountain. They were successes with the world but wretched with the Lord (Revelation 3:15-22). David on the other hand left legacies that still live on till this day. David was the only king that saw his son installed before he died. Why? He was not only faithful to God’s word but he realized he was nothing without God. Of course, the Lord blessed him and made him secure. As you run this race, in all your planning and striving, make it all in the circle of God’s will; then He will make you as He did David secure and favoured till the end. God bless you.