Blog 59 / Our High Calling

Finishing Well

               Thus far has the Lord helped us. (1 Sam 7:14)

A good verse to ponder any time we want to take stock of our lives and ministry is 1 Sam 7:14 “Thus far has the Lord helped us.” The words “Thus far” points to our PAST and the fact that the Lord has helped us every step of the way.

As we look back over the years, the Lord has been our faithful friend and guide. He has never left us or forsaken us. He’s been our help through times of shortage or abundance; whether in sickness or in health. He’s never skipped a day.

“Thus far hath the Lord helped us…”  also has implications for the FUTURE. “Thus far” implies we are not finished yet. Our work is not yet done; there is more to come.

Yes, there will be more trials and temptations to go through; but also more blessings to count as we get closer to the finish line. In all things, we need to keep depending on God who has helped us thus far. We want to finish well and not be among those who fell by the wayside because they failed to persevere.

We don’t want to be like King Asa who, in 2 Chron.14-16, started well but ended up finishing badly. Towards the end of his long reign, he was afflicted with a disease of his feet. Though it was serious, he refused to seek help from the Lord. After a lifetime of trusting God for help, what a sad way to end.

God expects us to finish well. This is why He gave us this wonderful promise in Phil 1:6. “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” He will do it and He doeth all things well!

And so, the Lord, who has been our helper all of our days, will, when our final day arrives, help us take that last step that will take us from the finish line into eternity. There we will see our dear Savior face-to-face. As we behold His glory and the wonders of Heaven, so many things will surely amaze us. Not least, when heaven reveals just how much God did in answer to prayer.

That being so, I’m sure I’ll wonder, why did I pray so little?



Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
are we known as formidible opponents? – blog 58
Thy Kingdom Come – blog 57
A Life Lived in Pursuit of Knowing God – blog 56
The church triumphant – blog 55
we do not have because we do not ask – blog 54
exclusive property of god – blog 53
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 52
the battle is still the lord’s – blog 51
nothing is impossible with god – blog 49
It is a wonderful life – blog 48
Listening for the master’s voice – blog 47
prayer and unbelief – blog 46
Our Motivation in Praying for the Lost – blog 45
demolishing strongholds – blog 44
overcome evil with good- blog 43
dealing with strongholds – blog 42
when our prayers go unanswered – blog 41
key to unanswered prayer – blog 40
prayer and The bride – blog 39
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1