I have finished my race and kept my faith
King Solomon was the wisest and probably the richest man who ever lived on the face of the earth.
Being wisest and richest need not necessarily mean the happiest and the most joyous.
"Better a poor and wise youth
Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more."
Ecclesiastes 4:13 (NKJV)
In his book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon assesses his life and finds the many things he missed, even though God made him the wisest and the richest King and provided more than he ever prayed for, even though the Lord let King Solomon build his beautiful temple, yet at the end of his life's journey, King Solomon displeased God for all the pleasures of life had drifted him away from God.
This was what was known about the great King Solomon in the days of Nehemiah the prophet, many years after he was dead and gone..
"Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations there was no king like him, who was beloved of his God; and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin. " Nehemiah 13:26 (NKJV)
Not that King Solomon became the example of faith, God's love and goodness, but rather he became a not be followed example for all to come for the way he fell in sin and from God's presence.
Was Solomon grievous of all he did, I believe Żes', for thus in the book of Ecclesiastes he speaks in a mourning tone of what he had done with his life, how he had ruined what God had given him.
In the verse above I believe he pities himself and compares himself to an old and foolish King who has literally finished his time and missed much to do for God which in his given capacity he could have done.
All of us have to give an account for what has been given to us and what we have done with it and specifically I write about this blessed life that has been given to us.
Paul even though probably not the wisest and not the richest person of his time, yet boldly affirms this about himself.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NKJV)
How do we assess our life? are we living our life in accordance with God's will in our lives? Is God pleased with all we do? Does God takes pride in us as He did for Job in the Bible?
Like it or not, we all have to give an account to God of all He has blessed us with and entrusted in our care.
God is merciful always and is a Master Creator and Re-Creator, He Who made us , can also rebuild us, can also forgive us, can also reinstate us help us get back on track for His glory.
Its never too late with God, He can forgive our past and lead us into blessed glory wherein we then could also boldly say as Paul did, 'I have finished my race and kept my faith.'
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