because we know the ending

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One of the wonderful things about the Bible is that it lets us know how the story ends. Right now, we are in the middle of the story. But it is also a story that in one sense has already been written because God tells us the conclusion of the story at the end of Scripture. The triumph of Jesus Christ, the new heavens and the new earth, the wiping away of all tears—the Bible ends with such amazing promises of eternal blessing for the people of God who are saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Simply knowing the end of the story and meditating on the eternal promises of God gives us hope in our present circumstances.

It gives hope in a couple of ways. One is just knowing that eventually all of our troubles are going to be over. That truth alone is hopeful! But it also reassures us that God has a plan, that he is working his plan, that he knows his plan, and that his plan is a good plan.

All of those truths reassure us in the present moment that God is with us and for us and working his good purpose. These realities give us hope in our present trials and troubles, whatever they happen to be.” (Phillip Ryken; link to full video here)

God is with you. He is for you. In your present trials, whatever the particulars, He’s working His good purpose, His good plan. Even if the right now of it, in the middle of your story, contains tears, He remains the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Just as He’s held your every moment up ’til now, He really does hold your future.

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new…It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. (Rev. 21:5-6)

As a Christ-follower, you know how the Big Story ends. So today, in your own smaller story’s middle, remind yourself that He, the Omega, also has your life’s ending in mind; an ending with no tears or heartaches or fear. Return again and again to thoughts of His eternal promises to you. And as you work to remember His words from scripture, whisper to Him from your deep need. Call to Him during moments when you find yourself losing hope — He’ll reassure you and give you trust in Him, the author of the good plan. Don’t believe the lie that you’re alone in your trials and troubles! He is trustworthy and true, and He is for you.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow;
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know who holds the future, and life is worth the living,
just because he lives.

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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