Israel’s first king was a striking figure, handsome, tall, humble and showing great promise.
No doubt the hand and favor of God was upon King Saul . . . at least for a season.
Unfortunately, the King drifted from the Lord and became disobedient. He began basing his hope and future on his personal abilities rather than on the promises of God.
His life is a good reminder that God evaluates us based on our obedience not our potential or good intentions. Saul was a great starter but a very poor finisher.
My prayer for my life is that I will remain close to the Lord, sensitive to his desires and that I will not only start well but that I will also run the race with all my heart and finish strong.
I do my best to use Proverbs 3:5-6 as my daily guide for life.
This ancient wisdom compels me to:
1. Trust in the Lord.
2. Not to lean on my own understanding of issues, circumstances and challenges.
3. To acknowledge Him in all that I do.
4. I then, rest assured that when I implement steps one through three, he will direct my path.
With these principles as my true north, I am confident I will not only have a great start but I will also have a strong finish! Running with purpose is the key.
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.” Philippians 3:12-16
Press on child of God! Press on and finish strong!