The Last Word

Did you know that the last word in the Oxford English Dictionary is Zyxt? It’s an obsolete Kentish word that is the second singular indicative present form of the verb see. Although Zyxt is the last word in the English dictionary, do you know what the last word is in God’s eternal Kingdom? The following scripture from Isaiah gives us a huge clue:

“The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand” (Isaiah 14:24).

Sooner better than later, we need to realize that the last word is this:God will always have the last word. We may think we do, and we might even think that we can change His mind, but in the end, whatever He says, goes. No “if’s”, “ands,” or “buts” about it. That’s the bottom line; the final analysis; the movie is over and it’s time to roll the credits.

The Scripture confirms this in Matthew 15:13. Jesus said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.”

It occurred to me that in order to save time and hear God’s last word, the best thing for me would be to find out what God would like, and then do exactly as He says. I think it would be better to take more time in discerning His will so I am sure that I am following His plans and not some pie in-the-sky pipe dream that I conjured up, and now I am trying to convince myself (and others) that it was from “God.”

The best way to do so would be to take a few more minutes in seeking His face, discovering His heart, and then following through exactly as He desires.

It’s like the old carpenter’s adage: “Measure twice, cut once.” But for some reason, we want to go to the cut far too soon. We measure in a hurried rush and end up with piles of odd sized pieces stacked in the corner somewhere, often only to be thrown away in a spring-cleaning frenzy.

Then several piles later, we either learn or we become overly cautious and we become people who measure and measure. We never cut, but boy, can we measure! We measure others, we measure churches, and we even measure ourselves (with a different tape of course.)

So the lesson I’ve learned is to take time to hear God’s intention for my life and family, for my ministry and future. Then I write it down, not once but twice to make sure I get it correct. Yes, this is God’s last word. Next, I start to cut these thoughts into clean action plans and I draw out the lessons. Nothing is built if nothing is cut, but nothing will last if it is not according to the Master Architect’s blueprints.

God’s Word is His blueprint. As I discern His voice, follow His schematic, measure twice and cut once, I know that together, we can build a great future according to His plans. Jeremiah told me that long ago, and I have never forgotten it:

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Not plans for your calamity, but for your welfare, so that you may have a future and a hope!” (Jer. 29:11).

I have written the plans (twice!) that God has given to me. I have also prioritized them as best I can; but still the “dailyness” of carrying it all out often eludes me. I am a slow learning novice, but I will continue to watch His hand.

May I encourage you to acknowledge God as the Master Architect of your life and write out what He is asking of you to avoid ending up with a pile of hastily cut pieces of lost potential, slices of a compromised future, and sections of “could-have-beens” tossed in a pile.

It seems that too many of us build futures out of odds-and-ends because of hasty cuts earlier on. It is my prayer that we are taught to measure twice and cut once, and if we err, let’s thank the Lord in advance for redeeming the mismatched left-over’s we have placed in His hands.

My hope is that from these odds-and-ends He will build His house in us as we promise to cooperate with Him as He builds in us a cathedral. And by the way, my prayer is that He builds one that has an inner chamber … fit only for a King.

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