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1 Samuel 31

Good Morning “Race Finishers.”  Today we are in 1 Samuel 31.  

A great start is paramount to winning the race.  Without it finishing well is possible, but it’s a struggle.   On the other hand a great start isn’t enough.  Often the one who wins the race is the one who perseveres throughout!  Consider the story of the tortoise and the hare.

Saul started with much promise.  Tuned into The Lord and obedient.  In the beginning Saul won battles for Israel.  As his reign continued however; pride and arrogance took over.  He forsook the very God who place him and empowered him as king.  He began with God, and finished an enemy of God.  In the process Israel paid - dearly!  

Let’s not forget however; it was Israel that wanted a king other than The One True King, so that “they might be like other nations.”  Well they got their wish, conquered like other nations as well.  

Paul reminds us that the middle and end of the race are just as important as the start…

“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬-‭9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Paul himself, finished well.  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
2 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬-‭8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Love you all!  Dig in!