Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Beginning To End"

"Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure."  Isaiah 46:10

Have you ever turned to the end of a book and read it because you couldn't wait to see how it would turn out?  Human nature tends to want to know the end at the beginning.  It is that way when we are going through a dark difficult time.  We want to see the outcome first.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.  We have to go through it first, then we get to see the end. 

When Mary and Martha's brother Lazarus died, all they could see was grief and loneliness.  They couldn't see the end-- his resurrection from the dead.  When Daniel was in the dark lion's den, all he could see was becoming a meal for the lions.  He couldn't see the end-- he couldn't see his deliverance.  When the three Hebrews were thrown into the furnace, all they could see was being burned alive.  They couldn't see the end-- miraculous deliverance.  When Job was facing his dark time, he couldn't see that in the end his captivity would be turned and he would gain an abundance.  The same with Joseph while he in the pit and prison.  He didn't know it would end in promotion. 
When we are in a dark time (trial, problem, testing), all we can see is the present although we long to see the future and how it will turn out in the end.  In the lives of the people above the outcome was favorable.  But that is not always the case.  Things don't always turn out in the end the way we want them to. 

Although we can't see anything but the beginning (present) we have to remember that the Lord sees it all.  He sees the end from the beginning.  He is the Beginning and the End-- the Alpha and Omega; the First and Last.  Therefore, we have to commit the dark times-- beginning to end-- into His hands.  This is where we have to trust the Lord with the beginning, middle and end of what we are going through-- even a favorable end and not so favorable end.

Have a great day.  We can't see the end of our trial, but the Lord can.  Therefore, commit the beginning, middle and end to Him.   

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