With the End in Sight

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, edited by Dee DeWitt

While riding down the highway years ago, Ruth Graham noticed a sign beside the road: “End of construction – Thank you for your patience.”  With a smile, she said that those were the words she wanted on her gravestone.  After she passed away, her request was honored.

 

Today when you visit her gravesite on the grounds of the Billy Graham library, you will see that her epitaph is also connected to the Chinese character for righteousness. 

 

With the end in sight, we can work today to realize God’s great hopes for our lives…

 

As King David learned and Ruth Graham understood, our success in the holy endeavor of living is only possible through God’s gracious empowerment. There is a wise saying, “If you want to make God laugh then tell Him your plans.”  But we also recall the biblical proverb “where there is no vision the people perish.”  Consequently our only way forward is with an attitude of bold humility.

 

We sense the direction of God’s leadership but humbly relinquish any sense of controlling the outcome.  But only by boldly pursuing the possibilities can we discover by experience what is actually possible.  And only by trying, can we advance to a vantage point where we can see more clearly what God’s best hopes actually are for us.

 

We know that course corrections will be required along the way.  However we prefer to endeavor a successful future by intentionally thinking about the future rather than to guarantee failure by not trusting God enough to see what is possible. 

 

This essential truth is conveyed through the classic conversation between David, Nathan and God about who should build the Temple, II Samuel 7. Though God told David “no” to his heart desire to be the builder, God revealed to him an even greater “yes.” Instead, God would make possible for David’s influence to be known through the ages.

 

In response, David humbly renewed His trust in God’s sovereign care, “For the sake of Your word and according to Your will…” 

 

Are you willing to live with the end in sight in order to experience God’s best for your life?  Then make the same commitments that David did:

•Desire & inquire about God’s hopes for the future (II Samuel 7: 2, 18)

 

•Listen for and discern God’s answers (7: 27-29)

 

•Commit to act on what you learn, which will then position you to see the end more clearly.

 

Pastor Les

 

He said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

-II Samuel 7:2

 

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said:
“Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

_II Samuel 7:18

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastorof Trinity Baptist Church.  For more information about how God works in your life, or to contact Dr. Hollon, click over to Trinity Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 5 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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