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Shocking Facts on Those Who Don’t Finish Well

            I’ve always been fascinated by the lives of the kings.  I’m amazed at their exploits, the great faith they show, the battles won, and yet saddened by how many did not run to the end.  Consider the following:

1.              there were 40 kings (post Solomon);

2.              of the 40, only 8 finished well;

3.              of the 8, only 4 raised good sons;

4.              of the 8, only 2 finished well.

            Think about it:  2 out of 40 finished well.  Why did so many great men not run to the finish line?

            One clue comes in the life of Uzziah.  Scripture tells us that after he became powerful, he became proud.  His pride led to his downfall.  Indeed, Uzziah thought he could take the place of the priests and offer incense in the temple.  When the priests challenged him, he became angry. 

            Uzziah thought he’d become so powerful that no one could question him.  God turned him into a leper and he was a leper until he died.

            When we rise to positions of power, and when we achieve success, we begin to think that everything we do will turn to gold.  It’s the curse of Midas.  And we don’t realize our own vulnerabilities, our weaknesses.  We start thinking the story is about us, when in fact we are just part of the story.

            Sad.  Who will avoid this curse, but those who remain humble until the end.

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the National Christian Foundation Heartland. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: www.givingitallawaybook.com. » Learn More

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