“And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.”
One characteristic that every believer should exhibit is being a finisher. Of all the great characteristics that Joshua had, maybe the greatest was that he finished what he started. When he spied out the land with the twelve spies, though he had to wait forty years before he could enter the Promised Land, he never wavered in his desire to finish the job. The verse above is also an example of Joshua finishing what he started. It says, “And they utterly destroyed all…” He didn’t quit halfway into the job, but he completed it. In fact, the verse above is the culmination of forty years of waiting. The sweet vindication of his words that God was capable of taking Jericho is the verdict of the verse above. If you are going to be a finisher like Joshua, you are going to have to be aware of several things.
First, it won’t be easy to finish the job. It wasn’t easy for Joshua to wait forty years, but he was a finisher. It wasn’t easy to conquer Jericho, but he was a finisher and nothing would stop him. If you are looking for an easy way to finish everything you start, you will never finish anything. From the onset of everything you start, you are going to have to have the mindset that it won’t be easy to get to the finish line. Always remember that if finishing was easy, everybody would be a finisher.
Second, you will encounter unexpected battles on the way to finishing the job. There were many battles Joshua faced on the way to seeing Jericho conquered, but he fought those unexpected battles and didn’t let them bring him to the quitting point. You are going to find battles on the way to finishing. You will fight battles from without, and you also will fight battles from within. The greatest battle you will fight will be the battle from within when the joy of the task is no longer present. You must determine that you will never let any battle stop you from finishing what you start.
Third, you will always find an excuse for not finishing the job. There is always a good excuse you can use to keep from finishing what you start, but you must never let the best excuse keep you from finishing the task that the LORD gave you to do. Excuses will abound on the way to the finish line, but you must never embrace or consider anything other than finishing.
Fourth, it takes determination to finish the job. If you have not determined to finish the job, you will soon find yourself not fulfilling the task you originally set out to complete. Determination is the finisher’s ingredient that keeps them going when others succumb to quitting. You will always find that every finisher is highly determined. You must determine to finish no matter what reasoning presents itself to keep you from finishing.
Fifth, beware of people who hinder the job from being finished. Achan was the one obstacle that kept Joshua from finishing, but he eventually took care of him. Don’t spend time with quitters. People will be your biggest detractors to finishing. Separate from whoever keeps you from finishing what the LORD wants you to do.
My friend, the sweet taste of victory that you receive when you finish is worth overcoming all the struggles. Don’t be a quitter. Be a person who always finishes the job.