Gaining an Eternal Perspective
However, as it is written, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." (I Corinthians 2:9)
A young boy was reading a thrilling mystery book when his mom insisted he put the book down and do his chores. "But, Mom, I'm in the fourth chapter and the villain has the hero in his clutches. Looks like he's going to die! I can't quit now."
But Mom insisted so hurriendly he flipped to the last chapter and read the final page. He then bounded into the kitchen where his mother was waiting and said, "Wow, that old villain is doing real good in chapter four, but just wait till he gets to the end of the book. Is he in for a surprise!"
It looked like disaster in chapter four, but when you know the end, then chapter four takes on a whole new perspective.
You go to a job where God is irrelevant to the people around you ~ where his Name is used only in profanity, and they seemingly give no thought to God as Creator, Ruler, or Sovereign. You're in a daily environment where a commitment to Jesus Christ is looked upon as foolish, naive, and laughable. When you apply biblical principles in your everyday world, people take advantage of you, ignore you, or discount your ideas altogether.
You're walking the straight and narrow, but what for? Where does it get you? The other team does what they please, and get ahead for it!
I want to encourge you to remember one thing: The final chapter has been written and we know what the end will be! Maybe you're in chapter four today and you need to flip to the end and read the last page. It's already been written, and I can tell you the outcome: Jesus wins, and those of us who are his followers will win and reign with him! Read Revelation chapters 20 through 22 today.
Remember, God has not lost control of this world. He is bringing it to its end in his time and for his purposes. He is sovereign and he still reigns in heaven!
To remember the last chapter, as I head into a world where it may appear that the score is unevenly in favor of the world's crowd, and not let "chapter four" get me down.
Lord, give me the ability today to remember that you are still in charge and, even though it looks like evil wins, someday every knee will bow and every tongue confess that you are Lord. Help me not to forget the end of the story as I go through my day today.
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