Tell me, do you intend to finish your spiritual race well? If you do, you are a rare bird to be sure. Few do. Look around you. How many professing believers whom you know still possess their first love for Christ? (Rev. 2:4) How many are still seeking to win the lost? How many still live true lives of personal holiness, integrity, and servant hood? How may have not been chocked by their pride, materialism, sexual impurity, or bitterness?
Are we destined, like the sailors of another era to live in perpetual fear that one dark night we might sail off the flat earth into oblivion? Not if we live one day at a time with total integrity before God.
Psalm 84 gives several principles of finishers:
Desperation for God: My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God. (vs. 2 Amp. O.T.)
Several years ago at a coffee shop, a man standing in line for his coffee overheard my conversation with another believer, and turned to us blurting out, Do you guys know God? Cause if I dont find God Im gonna die. David was desperate for God. Today, five years later, in his desperate quest for God he is making great strides in his pilgrimage.
How do you stack up with these Scriptures description of desperate people for God:
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God (Psa. 42:1,2)
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. (Psa. 63:1, 2)
My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. (Psa. 119;20)
I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah . (Psa. 143:6)
My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. (Isa. 26:9)
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill