Posts Tagged ‘best interest’

At the End of the Day

Oct 11

by Victoria Robinson

Some days just don’t start out well at all … some weeks just don’t start out well … some years just don’t start out well. In our lives it is important to focus on the “end of the day”. Whether that is literally a twenty-four hour day, less than a day, or many days. In the midst of tumultuous times we can lose hope. Yet we must always stand on the scriptural truth that what is important is how we finish—not how we start, or even how long success takes. In the suspenseful saga of Queen Esther we see a wonderful ending to the Jews “day”, “Before the end of the day, King Xerxes gave Esther everything that had belonged to Haman, the enemy of the Jews.”

This story had its beginnings years before the victorious ending. One could say the roots of this story began during the reign of King Saul. The villain in Queen Esther’s story, Haman, was a descendant of King Agag whom King Saul was told to annihilate. Instead of obeying God, Saul killed all the Amalekites, but allowed King Agag to live. Some theologians believe that this could be the reason Haman wanted to destroy the Jews. Saul’s obedience to God might have prevented what the Jews were facing in the days of Queen Esther. But alas, it is important to keep in mind that no matter what or who caused your “day” to start badly, the ending can turn out good as long as your trust is in God. Just like the Jews who fasted and prayed for God to deliver them from the hands of the evil Haman, so also you must seek God and place your trust in Him.

King Solomon gave us wise counsel when he said, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning. Since a true appraisal of any enterprise can only be made from the vantage point of its completion, the end is, the Preacher of wisdom reminds us, better than the beginning. However, the end is frequently arrived at very slowly, and the man who would find profit in this life must be a patient man.
 KJV Bible Commentary

Girlfriends, how is your “day” going to end? No one except our Lord can truly answer that, but are you trusting Him for the outcome no matter what you are facing? The apostle Paul faced many difficult days and yet he knew what counted was how well his “day” ended. In the book of First Timothy he stated, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing.”

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would hold firmly onto the hand of our heavenly Father and wait patiently for the “end of the day”.

Before the end of the day, King Xerxes gave Esther everything that had belonged to Haman, the enemy of the Jews. Esther told the king that Mordecai was her cousin. So the king made Mordecai one of his highest officials and gave him the royal ring that Haman had worn. Then Esther put Mordecai in charge of Haman’s property. ~ Esther 8:1-2 CEV
 
When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes. … Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed and scattered among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will put ten thousand talents of silver into the royal treasury for the men who carry out this business.” So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. “Keep the money,” the king said to Haman, “and do with the people as you please.” ~ Esther 3:5-6,8-11 NIV
 
Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” … Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, to the east of Egypt. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed. Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was troubled, and he cried out to the LORD all that night. ~ 1 Samuel 15:3,7-11 NIV
 
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV
 
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing. ~ 2 Timothy 4:6-8 NIV

Sending Best Wishes

Feb 10
by Victoria Robinson
 
There is a famous southern cook who always ends her television show with, “I send y’all love and best dishes …” This is of course a cute spin on the phrase, “Sending best wishes.” Many greeting cards have this same sentiment. In the book of Acts we see the apostle Luke sent his best wishes to the early church.
  
The question is, “Do we really always send our best wishes to others or do we sometimes wish destruction on those we consider our enemies?” Or dare I say, even on those we love but find ourselves jealous of? Ouch! That hurts to think about. But, if we are really honest, there can be times when we do not send our best wishes to foe and friend alike. Maybe they have not taken our advice and in our proud hearts we desire to be right to the point of wishing them proved wrong.

As for wishing our enemies best wishes, quite simply put, it is in our own best interest. King Solomon who is considered one of the wisest men in the Bible told us, “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” If you are struggling with loving your enemy try praying for God to bless them. Perhaps even taking it a step further and doing something nice for them. This will free you from any bondage Satan has you in.

Dearest girlfriends, let us develop godly hearts that are full of best wishes for friends and foes alike.

… We send our best wishes. ~ Acts 15:29 CEV
 
Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my relatives, send you their good wishes. ~ Romans 16:21 NLT
 
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? ~ Matthew 5:43-46 NIV
  
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. ~ Proverbs 25:21-22 NIV

Walking the Tightrope of Faith

Dec 23

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, faith is a matter of fixing your eyes on your Lord and Savior and not looking down at your circumstances. You cannot take your focus off of Him. This is what I like to call, “walking the tightrope of faith”. To successfully master the art of tightrope walking, one must set their focus straight ahead and not look down.

On August 7, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit walked on a tight wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center. When asked about his famous walk, he said, “On a very long and very high wire, I will not hope to not be blown off by high winds. I will have the certitude that such could not happen. By practicing for months before the event on a low wire oriented along the axis of the predominant winds, I put Aeolus on my side. I am not up there by chance. I am there by choice. And I know the wire. And I know my limits. And I am a madman of details. And to use one of your words, I cannot “fall.” Notice Philippe did not trust in the God who created the universe, the only true God, but a mythological god named Aeolus. In mythology, Aeolus is the god of the winds. Notice I said, “mythology”, meaning of course, it is a myth and not real. Make no mistake there is one and only one true God. As the psalmist said, Phillipe set his eyes on that which is not. However wrong theologically speaking Philippe was, he did use focus to attain his goal.
Imagine how much more we could accomplish than Phillipe if we put faith in the true God. As a child of God we know there can be no other focus except our Lord and Savior. Fixing our eyes on Jesus will help us attain success. To look down on circumstances can cause failure. Faith is a matter of understanding your heavenly Father has your best interest in mind. He is at the end of your tightrope waiting on you to successfully come across.
Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2 NIV
 
Will you set your eyes on that which is not? … ~ Proverbs 23:5 NKJV 
 
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:6 NIV
 
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1 NIV
 
… “Listen my friends, if we trust the Lord God and believe what these prophets have told us, the Lord will help us, and we will be successful.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:20 CEV