Thursday, December 31, 2020

A Good Ending

Thursday, December 31, 2020 

The end of a thing is better than its beginning; Ecclesiastes 7:8 

A Good Ending

I think  Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes 7:8 have never had more meaning than they will today. I daresay there is anyone who is not happy to see 2020 end! Although this year has been devastating for many and challenging for all of us, we must remember that God was still in control in 2020. Satan would love for us to believe that somehow God has lost His power as well as His seat on the throne, but neither is true. As insane as this year has been, God knew it was coming and He was with us every step of the way. Now, thankfully we can put 2020 to bed and head on into 2021 with God leading the way. 

Maybe you traveled over the Christmas holidays. If so, you know that the end of a trip is infinitely better than the beginning. It always feels so good to come back home and know that all the hours in the car are behind me.  Imagine a ship that leaves for a far port.  When it returns with all its cargo, the captain knows just what storms they weathered in the trip.  He remembers nearly running aground or being swamped.  He recalls the three nights they spent without ever seeing the stars and three days without the sun.  For him, the end of the voyage is clearly better than the beginning. 

Or perhaps, we should think of a soldier, going off to war.  Is not the end of a thing better than the beginning for that soldier?  How he longs to complete his tour and be safely home!  This point is obviously true in so many instances in life but it is not absolutely true. It must be taken with a grain of salt.  Some people look at the beginning and ask, “Will the end really be any better?” 

Because of the storms of 2020, many of us are afraid of what the storms of 2021 will bring.  Will the pandemic get worse?  Will I have less or more at the end of the year?  How will my family be affected this year?  Will more businesses be forced to close? Will we have to wear a mask forever? Will things ever be normal again? Yet, Solomon says, no matter how bad the beginning is, the end is always better. 

In our growth as believers, most Christians have more trials early in their Christian walk rather than late.  And all of us are growing in our Christian walk.  Lamentations 3:27 “It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth.”  If you wake up in the morning and the sun is behind the clouds, you don’t assume that the sun will never shine again.  And, if you are in a dark period of your life, don’t despair, the sun will shine again. 

Take this verse from The Message as a prophecy to give you hope and dispel your fears: I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (Jeremiah 29:11)

The end of the matter will be better than the beginning. God is still in charge.  The past is history, the future’s a mystery, but God has given us this moment, that’s why it’s called the present.  It is in this time that God will move us toward that end that He has promised.  So let’s keep our eyes on the prize and move into this year with the understanding that God has a plan and a purpose for today and our future.

Have a Blessed New Year!

Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31

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