2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Anybody can start a project. But how many ever get finished? Starting takes effort and some even say, “Just start and the rest will follow!” That may be true but it takes effort to actually get started: gathering all the necessary tools and equipment you’ll need, plus setting aside sufficient time to work (which is actually the hardest part!)
So, you’ve finally gotten all the tools and equipment you’ll need and you’re ready (and even excited) to begin. But, somewhere down the line, interruptions come and weariness sets in because it’s taking longer than you anticipated. So, the project gets shelved and remains unfinished.
Of course, all those projects are probably not life and death. But then, there are things that are life and death—namely our walk with God. And, even though we start out with a bang when we get saved, we need to stay focused and circumspect because the devil, the adversary, is lurking about to get us to quit walking by faith.
1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Be sure that problems will arise, temptations will come, and the cares of the world will confront you daily. But, that doesn’t’ change the faithfulness of God. He’s still the same, in spite of our circumstances. In fact, our circumstances don’t change God at all! He’s not a “fair-weather” God. He’s the same as He was yesterday, as He is today, and as He will be tomorrow and forever. He’s the absolute one constant that you can totally rely on forever!
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
But, getting back to how we finish … We need to dig in, get back on track, and stay focused on walking with God daily. It’s not a “hit or miss” deal. We need to be determined and committed to stay in it for the long haul – ‘til the end and beyond. In fact, we’re always going to have to use our faith to please God because He’s a faith God!
Don’t let the circumstances of life discourage or distract you from finishing your course. Be determined that you will be able to say at the end that you have fought a good fight, finished your course, and kept the faith.
Romans 3:3 (KJV) 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?