Good Morning Warrior!
It’s The Lord’s Day, Sunday!
Word for the Day:
(2 Kings 20:1 - 21:18)
“The Finish Line”
Text: 2Kings 20:19
“So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?”
“The Finish Line,” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning.
A runner runs wisely, pacing themself with their eye on the finish line of the race. The runner runs to Win The Race!
The Race of Life has a Finish Line also. We cannot see it, however we Can run wisely, keeping in step with Holy Spirit, and pacing ourself to run a marathon. Running this way will always keep us prepared for The Finish Line, whenever it appears.
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,”(Heb.9:27).
Hezekiah began his race well and ran well as a godly king. We know from comparing 2 Kings 18:2 with 2 Kings 20:6 that Hezekiah was about 39 years old when Isaiah gave him God’s message to prepare himself “for The Finish Line.” He was at the prime of his life and the time of his greatest usefulness in the kingdom; but he was not prepared for The Finish Line!
What a great honor it was to be told by God that the finish line was approaching! Most of us never have that honor.
Instead of getting his house in order Hezekiah asks God for More Time. He could Finish Well Now - but he wanted More time.
God gave him 15 more years, but Hezekiah didn’t run any more. He knew that he had 15 more years so he became self-centered and proud in these last 15 years; saying “... at least will there not be peace and truth in my days?” A son was born during these 15 years named Manasseh, who would become the most wicked and evil king in Judah’s history.
Hezekiah was never prepared for The Finish Line even though he knew where it was!
Let’s take a lesson from Hezekiah’s life and Run our Race with our house in order, keeping in step with Holy Spirit, pacing ourself for a marathon; so that whenever and wherever The Finish Line appears we’ll be Ready, We Will Finish Well, and Win the Race of Life set before us. Oooooh Rah!
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”(Heb.12:1-2)
Warrior at your side,