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Finishing Well Is More Important

Key Verse

“And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it” (2 Chronicles 1:6).

TEXT — 2 Chronicles 1:1-6


One hundred and fifty meters before finishing in first place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at a Diamond League meeting in France, American runner Evan Jager suffered the worst collapse of his career. Jager was blowing away a group of Kenyan runners on pace to crush a personal record and American record, when he tripped on the final hurdle and was passed by world leader Jairus Birech.

Solomon started well in our text. As soon as he ascended the throne, he called Israel to worship at the place appointed (the tabernacle of God). He led the worship himself, offering a thousand burnt offerings in the process. Israel was a nation united under God, led by their king, Solomon. However, after God blessed him with wisdom, riches and honour, he went back from his perfect walk with the Lord as he grew older.

Some people leave the faith because of discouragement. They succumb to Satan’s deceit and manipulation to believe that God had abandoned them. Yet, we do not often consider the case of those who left despite all the blessings they received from God. Solomon was in this category. The Lord created a very peaceful atmosphere for Solomon as soon as he ascended the throne. There was no war nor evil occurrence (1 Kings 5:4). He had more than anyone could desire. But he started pursuing vanity and derailed from godliness.

Those who live and die in disobedience to God cannot be saved by their past good deeds. The rapture is meant for those who are alive and would remain in fellowship till the end. Like the marathon runner, Evan Jagar above, we must pray against anything that can potentially truncate our race and make us end in shame and disappointment.

Thought for the day

How you finish is more important.
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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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