In 1 & 2 Kings, Elijah teaches us it is possible to end well even after personal weakness gets the best of us. God took Elijah to heaven in a fiery chariot and a whirlwind, giving him a strong finish even after running away scared from a big win. We are not as strong as we would like to be; as time goes on, we find we are not as strong as we used to be either. I love that the pursuit of God pays off in the end, no matter our ups and downs.
Elisha, Elijah’s follower, encourages us through these books that no matter how ordinary our lives (Elisha was a common farm hand), God has something extraordinary for us.
No matter who or what, by God’s covenant and grace, we have extraordinary purpose and a divine way to end well.
I am enjoying this sermon series. Thank you, Joe, for sharing it with us and encouraging us with posts and reminders throughout the week. Today’s post was wonderfully apparent in my life this morning. I know a wonderful “ordinary” man who finished rather well this morning. He was weak and sick, but God did not desert him. My dad had such an extraordinary purpose in so many lives by doing so serving others in so many, many ordinary ways and he did indeed finish well. I know he heard “Well done, good and faithful servant” this morning.