What will be written about you? (I Chronicles 7-10)

13 So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. I Chronicles 10:13

This past weekend a wonderful servant of the Lord retired from leading his church for over 31 years. Pastor Michael Catt was faithful to his assignment. This morning I watched the video tribute to his ministry. As I watched I suddenly was reminded of how quickly life goes by. Jesus brother said, “Life is a vapor that is soon gone away,” James 4.

This same truth was before my mind and heart as I completed my journey through the rest of the genealogies of the tribes of Israel. As I read I underlined a few statements about the people:

I underlined when I read the descendants of Issachar were mighty warriors.

I underlined when I read the descendants of Benjamin were able to go to war.

I also underlined when I read that Judah was taken into exile because of a breach of faith with God.

Finally I underlined the tragic commentary of Saul’s life. This man failed to consult and honor God.

For a moment lets just consider Saul (chapter 9). Life could have been so different for him if he would have only honored the Lord by obedience. It is true that no one is perfect, but it is also true that the person who meets with God every day fails forward in faith. Saul led Israel for 40 years without consulting God.

I wonder, what will be written about my life when I come to the end? When Paul came to the end of his life, God led him to write the following in summary:

 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  II Timothy 4:7

This could have been Saul and this can be you and I if we fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith. Here is what Paul wrote:

Henceforth there is laid up 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 loved his appearing. 4:8

I take away two truths from what I have read this day:

  1. Life is going by quickly so I need to listen closely to God.
  2. My life has the potential to count for God if I live by faith and I fight the good fight.

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