|“I want the joy of knowing that I am doing something with my life, the joy of battle.” Francis Chan
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, ‘The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good.’ For he thought, Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?”‘ 2 Kings 20:19
Paul exhorted, “Be not weary in well-doing.”249 Living a profligate life is not the only thing that can weary you; you can become weary of trying to do well. “How do I respond to the person trying to cheat me? What do I say to the salesman who promised my purchase six weeks ago and still hasn’t delivered?” Often you don’t want to be nice to people; you want to vent your anger and tell them how you really feel. You may have noticed that often old people are rude and say exactly what they think; they simply cease to care how others feel or the impression they make.
Hezekiah, King of Judah, showed the ambassador from Babylon the treasures of his nation, and the prophet Isaiah said that as a result of his mistake, Babylon would conquer Judah. The king gave this incredulous response. The older you become the easier it is to identify with him. Every day you suit up for the same battles knowing that today’s victories don’t count for tomorrow. Problems, temptations, defeats; they never change. Hezekiah said, “I am tired of fighting it, let the next generation take over. At least I won’t have to face it in my lifetime.”
You can easily tire of the battle and quit, refusing to finish the race of life strong. This is one of the reasons “the last shall be first and the first last.”250 Given opportunity to labor long in His vineyard, you weary and quit before finishing time. God calls some to run the hundred-yard dash. If God has called you to run a marathon, don’t quit before the finish line. Don’t mentally disengage from the battle and leave the problems to others.
249 Galatians 6:7
Esther 9-10 Acts 7:1-21 (New King James Version)
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