1 Chronicles 28:20
“And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”
The goal for every person should be to finish what they start. Sadly, we live in times when many people want to start projects, but they leave them unfinished and open-ended because they don’t have the character to finish. The verse above gives the formula to help any person from start to finish. This verse is a conversation of David telling Solomon what he would need to get from the start line to the finishing line. Four things are given that you must do if you are going to get to the finish line.
First, from start to finish you need to be strong. David said to Solomon, “…be strong.” With any project that you do, you are going to face opposition that will cause you to want to quit. You are going to have to be strong enough to keep doing right in spite of the obstacles and attacks that come your way. My friend, you cannot allow opposition to weary you to the point of quitting. The purpose of your opponents attacks is to weary you of fighting so that you will quit. You are going to have to be strong to continue doing right in spite of the wearisome attacks that come your way.
Second, from start to finish you need to have courage. There are going to be times when you are the only one who believes in what you are doing. This is why David told Solomon to be “of good courage, and do it.” You will find at times that others around you will quit because they became weary of the battles and the task. You cannot allow the actions of others to keep you from finishing. If it is the LORD’s will for you to be doing what you are doing, you must never look to others for courage, but you must get your courage to continue from the LORD and His Word.
Third, from start to finish fear not. You are going to have to trust the LORD that what He told you to do is right, even when you don’t understand everything going on around you. David told Solomon, “…fear not, nor be dismayed.” David knew that building the temple was going to take a long time, and there would be times when he would question if what he was doing was right. Many times in the Christian life the negative and critical voices will disturb you because of what they are saying about you; however, you must not allow the negative voices and what they say they are going to do to bring fear in your life. Always remember that fear is the opposite of trust. You must never undo in fear or doubt the decision you made by faith. Trust God and keep going; that is the only way to silence the voices that are trying to get you to quit.
Fourth, from start to finish don’t quit. David told Solomon, “…for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work…” Likewise, God will never fail you or forsake you until you finish what He asks of you to do. Your determination has to be to get to the finish line. As long as you keep going, you are assured that the LORD will be with you until you finish.
Christian, have you quit along the way? God didn’t have you start something so you could quit. God’s will is always to finish what you start. Whatever it is you started, and wherever you are in the project, let these four things help you to get to the finish line.